A couple living at Kingston Care Home in Kingston upon Thames have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary by taking a trip back to the church they got married in.

Peggy and Patrick Brogan had been telling the care home’s Magic Moments Coordinator, Shannon Couchman, all about their wedding day and she suggested a visit to Holy Trinity Church in Hammersmith on their anniversary, for a romantic trip down memory lane.

Peggy and Patrick were both born in Ireland but moved to London in their teens and met at the Garryowen Irish dance hall in Hammersmith. Patrick said: “I took to her instantly but didn’t know if she would like me.” Peggy laughed: “He looked very handsome, but my sister asked: ‘Where did you find him?’” Patrick drove Peggy and her friend home from the dance and remembers: “We locked eyes in the rearview mirror”.

Peggy worked as a shorthand typist at Richmond International College and Patrick was a vacuum cleaner salesman. Peggy remembers telling Patrick: “I would love to marry you”, just a few weeks after they met. They married just 6 months later and had their reception at Peggy’s parent’s house nearby. They have 3 daughters and a son, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Shannon said: “Peggy and Patrick have lived together at Kingston Care Home for nearly a year now and it’s been wonderful getting to know them and hearing all about their life together. Being back at the church for the first time since their wedding brought back so many memories for them. Peggy was quite emotional when she remembered her father walking her down the aisle, but they told me how touched they were and happy that they got the chance to visit the church again, 64 years after they got married there.”

Kingston Care Home is located in Jemmett Close, Coombe Road, Kingston upon Thames and provides residential, nursing, respite and palliative care.