A Black Country couple have become one of the longest married in the country after celebrating 70 years of wedded bliss.
Nancy and Ron Parsons enjoyed their platinum wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends at The Foresters Nursing Home in Walton Pool, Clent, Stourbridge.
Reaching 70 years is such a rarity that from now on they will receive a congratulatory message from the Queen every year.
When they tied the knot on 3rd March 1946, Clement Attlee was Prime Minister, George VI was on the throne and it would be another three months before television broadcasting would resume after being suspended during the Second World War. The American dance craze The Jitterbug was also sweeping Britain.
The couple, from Halesowen, have lived at the 30-bed Foresters for the past 12 months.
Retired secretary Mrs Parsons went to the home after a spell in hospital and The Foresters owners Clarendon Care Group made arrangements to move former greengrocer Mr Parsons from their sister site, Chandos Lodge, so they could be together.
For the big day Mr and Mrs Parsons, both aged 93, enjoyed a romantic meal prepared for them by staff along with music from the 1920s. The evening’s entertainment was a tea party with cake, attended by the couple’s niece Coleen Price, her husband Tony and their great-nephew James.
Mr and Mrs Parsons were in the same class together at school but it was not until some years after leaving that they got together after being re-acquainted through Nancy’s brother, who was friends with Ron.
The couple’s party was organised by Foresters’ activities co-ordinator Janice Bradbury.
Foresters Nursing Home manager Jo Bennett said: “Ron and Nancy are a wonderful couple and a real inspiration to all of us. They have lived through some fascinating times, good and bad, but everything they’ve done, they’ve done together and we’re delighted to have them here, particularly as they celebrate such a huge moment in their lives.”
Owned by care company Clarendon Care Group, The Foresters Nursing Home is an exclusive development registered for 30 residents who want to spend their retirement in privacy and comfort.
Set in six acres of grounds, the home is ideally placed to enjoy the benefits of the scenery and tranquillity of rural Worcestershire, whilst being easily accessible from Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Stourbridge and Kidderminster; junction 4 of the M5 being only minutes away.