An elderly couple who have been together for over six decades and live together in a care home have proven love is still very much in the air ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Pat and Barry – who have withheld their last name due to their advanced age and potential publicity – have been together for 65 years and are both residents of Park View residential home in Lancaster.
Despite being married for nearly an entire lifetime, the couple are still as smitten as they were when they first met and plan to celebrate February 14 with a romantic dinner and a dance – one of their favourite things to do together.
Pat was the first to move into the care home a few years ago and their bond was so strong that Barry would visit her every day so the pair could eat together.
Early last year, Barry – unable to be away from his love – moved into the home himself, where the pair now live together.
‘Barry wasn’t a resident at first but he came in for his dinner every day to visit Pat, who has been there for some time,’ Barbara Middleton, manager of Park View Residential told Jam Press.
‘When it was their anniversary a few years ago, they had a fancy dinner to celebrate.
‘Barry then became a resident early last year.’
Barry and Pat loved to dance in their youth and would regularly get dressed up and go dancing together.
Despite their old age, the pair, who are both well-known locals in Morecombe where they have lived for years, still enjoy dancing to this day, often showing off their moves to the other residents.
Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic and their risk at being exposed to coronavirus, they have been unable to receive visits from family due to restrictions.
However, that hasn’t stopped one local woman from bringing them a bit of joy and love ahead of Valentine’s.
Emily Tudhope, who works as an office manager at Speedy Freight Office, took it upon herself to drop off some chocolates and a potted plant the happy couple.
Pat and Barry were so touched by the gesture that the couple shared a beautiful kiss for the camera after receiving their gifts.
Emily also brought along her five-year-old son Sam, who loved the experience and also gave Pat and Barry a set of personalised Valentine’s Day cards.
Speaking of the surprise drop-off, Barbara added: ‘I’m really overwhelmed and grateful for today, it makes such a difference to both the residents and the staff.
‘I just want to thank Emily personally and her son Sam for going the extra mile.’
As for Pat and Barry, they are delighted to spend another Valentine’s together and hope for many more in the future.
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