Two residents at Care South’s Bideford care home, Kenwith Castle recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary, marking the momentous occasion with a telegram sent by King Charles III. 

Barbara met Keith at Sheffield University when she was 18 years old and it was love at first sight for both. After six wonderful years of courtship, Keith proposed to Barbara who gleefully accepted. Barbara and Keith married in 1951 in a beautiful church ceremony in Urmston, Manchester when Barbara was 24 years old and the couple went on to have a picturesque family life with two wonderful children.

Barbara and Keith moved to the south of England later in life and now reside in Care South’s Bideford care home, Kenwith Castle. When staff and their fellow residents learned that they would be celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary, they ensured it would be a wonderful day for the happy couple to remember. 

Love was in the air for all as the couple shared a delicious slice of anniversary cake and were gifted some beautiful flowers by Care South to celebrate their special day. The couple were also presented with a royal telegram from his majesty King Charles III, which read: “My wife and I were so pleased to hear that you are celebrating your seventy-second wedding anniversary on 24th March, 2023. This brings you our warmest congratulations and heartfelt good wishes on this happy occasion.”

Activities Assistant, Catherine Bennett at Kenwith Castle said: “It was so lovely to be able to celebrate this spectacular achievement with Keith and Barbara, and it was the icing on the cake to receive the royal telegram from our King, ahead of the impending Coronation.”

Barbara added: “We had a quiet church wedding with just a few friends and my sister was maid of honour. After a nice meal, Keith drove us to the lake district, and it snowed which was magical. We had a lovely day celebrating our 72nd wedding anniversary and thank you to the staff at Kenwith Castle for helping to make it such a memorable day to remember.”