BILL and Gail Guest from Leyland are set to hit a new record as they reach a milestone of 100 years of guide dog ownership between them.

The couple are very grateful to the Guide Dog’s charity who have provided them with 14 guide dogs over the years and the connection with the charity is also the reason they met and fell in love in 1971.

Bill, aged 74 who was born blind got his first guide dog Jolly when he was just 20 years old in 1962.

The couple met whilst they were on a residential course training with Gail’s first dog and Bill’s second dog in 1971.

Bill was training with a dog called Dart and Gail’s dog was called Marie.

Following the course the pair stayed in touch, began dating and married just two years later and now have 43 years of happy marriage under their belts.

Gail, 65, was also born blind was previously nervous when she was around dogs.

It was only after joining a club for disabled people that she met a volunteer puppy walker and two guide dog owners who encouraged her to go along to a Guide Dogs open day.

Gail then plucked up enough courage to apply for a guide dog.

Gail said: “I remember the very first time I walked with my guide dog, the feeling of freedom was amazing."

The pair both agree that having a guide dog has changed their lives for the better and now they would not want to be without one.

Their guide dogs have enabled them to enjoy full careers, Bill worked in admin and Gail as a telephonist and they have been by their side through marriage, the arrival of their daughter, granddaughters and now help them to keep fit in retirement and get them to various places as they are both busy doing charity work.

Bill said: “I would not have had a complete life without my guide dogs, it hasn’t all been a bed of roses but it is so worth it."