Restrictions don't stop happy couple celebrating diamond day

A couple who have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together despite Covid restrictions believe the secret to a happy married life is tolerance.

Neil and Rita Price celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the residential home
Neil and Rita Price celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the residential home

Staff at Lanrick House Residential Home at Rugeley were determined that resident Rita Price, 85, would be able to share the anniversary with her husband, Neil, also aged 85.

He visited the home and took a Covid test before celebrating with his wife over afternoon tea in the summer house.

Staff arranged for balloons, sparkling lights and Rita's favourite song, Softly As I Leave You, by Matt Monro, to be played.

Neil said: "It has been a wonderful day.

The couple married in Castle Bromwich

"We were married at Castle Bromwich and went on honeymoon to London.

"It was a beautiful day and very warm, which was a big surprise for that time of the year.

"When asked what is the secret to a long and happy married life I would say tolerance is the important thing.

"We have really enjoyed the day and celebrated in style.

"We were treated to sandwiches, a cake, a cream tea and bottle of Prosecco, my wife's favourite, as well as a photograph of myself and my wife and a bottle of whiskey, which I think was intended to sustain me."

Regional manager Sue Dawson and, with the cake, activities co-ordinator Becky Jones helped the couple celebrate

Rita, who has been a resident at the home for more than a year, worked as a teacher in remedial education at Rugeley at the former Pear Tree School in her younger days and Neil worked as a computer scientist for the Coal Board.

The couple had two children and now have three grandsons, one great-granddaughter with another due to arrive at any time.

Neil and Rita both said that they had enjoyed "a beautiful day".

Rebecca Jones, activities co-ordinator at the residential home, said: "We decorated the Summer House and were determined the couple would be able to celebrate this important occasion together."

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