It’s not often you meet someone you just instantly click with so well there’s no doubt you’ll keep the friendship going strong for the rest of your lives. Even rarer when it actually happens and you don’t drift apart naturally, driven away from each other by work-related goals or simply by creating families on your own and disappearing into that family life. When talking about drifting apart, some say “time happens” and it doesn’t mean well in most cases. But this story is not one of them! These two adorable ladies have been keeping the bond strong for almost 80 years now and even moved into the same care home so they can spend more time together!

Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville have been best friends for 78 years now

Olive And Kathleen are the true definition of friendship goals, having been best friends for 78 years. They met in school when they were both 11 years old and were seated next to each other in class at Ravenshead School, Nottingham, in 1941. Furthermore, apparently they lived just down the road from each other too! All odds being in their favor, the pair quickly became best friends and kept the bond while growing up. Family life didn’t tear them apart as well. Both of their husbands worked at the same company, Coal Board, and so they lived on the same road once again. Just like in their childhood, it was pretty easy to keep close and so they did, going through life together.

Their bond is so strong, they even moved into the same care home just so they can spend more time together

Life wasn’t just sunshine and rainbows though. Kathleen lost her husband back in 1989 after 35 years of marriage and lived on her own after his passing until last year when she moved into Berry Hill Park care home in Mansfield. Olive’s husband lived 15 years longer than Kathleen’s and passed away in 2004. Together with her husband, Olive has two daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. After living alone for some time as well, she finally decided to join her best friend and recently moved into the same care house as well, just so she can spend more time with her bestie.

And if that’s not friendship goals, we don’t know what is

The adorable ladies are the oldest residents at the care home but they say that, despite actually being 89, they look 63. They say the secret to their long-lasting friendship is never arguing and telling each other what they think. Now that they’re spending all of their days together, it’s easy for the pair to crack themselves up. Kathleen assured that they never cause any trouble at home but admitted they sometimes do little mischiefs: “We sometimes have to knock the staff into shape. I just raced one of the managers down the hallway for a laugh.” She was also overjoyed about her friend finally coming to live there as well: “I’m so glad Olive is here now, we’re like giggling schoolgirls and we still put on our lippy and get dressed up. We always say to each other ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it.’” Isn’t that friendship goals!

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