70th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations
Last updated: 12.00pm, Friday 11th August 2017
What's the secret to a long marriage you say?
Our Reg, 94, and Beryl, 91, reveal the secret to a 70-year marriage is sharing lovely holidays with one another.
Reg was an RAF Flight Officer and saw action against Japan in Burma during the Second World War, while Beryl was a member of the Woman's Royal Naval Service.
Post-war, the couple who were both born in Cardiff, were employed by the local gas board, Reg as a Printing Officer and Beryl as a Supervisor, although they had originally met at a party organised by Beryl's cousin. Reg and Beryl soon married and have been practically inseperable since.
Reg originally arrived at Tŷ Llandaff for short-term respite care earlier this year before Beryl joined him for nursing care. He returned home but could not be without his beloved wife so came back to our home to become a permanent resident.
Less than one per cent of married couples live together in care homes in the UK and, controversially some local authorities will separate them from living in the same care home, if they do not meet certain criteria. But, clearly, there was no way this couple were going to live in different care homes.
Reg said: “I was so impressed with Tŷ Llandaff when I first arrived for respite care after leaving hospital that I thought it would be great for Beryl to come and stay with me as she was beginning to need more care. I loved our home so I returned when I felt better but soon came back. I couldn’t be without her. We’ve been together for 70 years.
“Everyone is friendly at the care home and Beryl is getting all the care she needs. I love being in the same place as her, knowing she is being looked after. There is plenty to do. I enjoy attending local church services and Beryl and I have been taken on day trips out with carers, of course, and both enjoy the music entertainment the home regularly puts on. It’s great.”
When asked what the secret to a long marriage is, Reg replied: “To love one another, be contented, work together and the sharing of lovely holidays. We travelled the world together, going on cruises and so on.”
Beryl said: “We’ve barely been apart from each other in 70 years. We’ve been living together at Tŷ Llandaff and it was the best thing for us. It is a marvellous place with plenty of space, excellent food and exceptional levels of care.”
Our Care Home Manager Janice Evans said: “Reg and Beryl are so lovely together and we absolutely love having them here.”