Surprise trip to sit in a box at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Cecil and Rene Landsman at the Royal Albert Hall
Cecil and Rene Landsman at the Royal Albert Hall

Cecil and Rene Landsman enjoyed a double celebration on their 70th wedding anniversary. Rene, has been a resident at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home for 13 months and both have been supporters of Jewish Care for many years. Thanks to tickets regularly donated by a Jewish Care supporter, staff at the home were able to organise a surprise trip to sit in a box at the Royal Albert Hall for the couple to see Cirque de Soleil. Clore Manor also hosted the couple’s celebratory tea for family and friends together with residents, staff and volunteers on Sunday 6 March.

Rene says, “It was an absolutely wonderful surprise. We had no idea where we were going, we haven’t been to the West End for a couple of years and the show was spectacular. The party was tremendous and the enthusiasm from the home was just fantastic.”

Cecil is in full agreement, “Everyone at the home was wonderful, I can’t express how nice they were, they made it a wonderful and memorable occasion. I couldn’t have asked for more.

“We have been involved with Jewish Care for over 30 years, at the shul in Ella & Ridley Jacobs House and then as Chairman of the Friends of the home. We also celebrated our diamond wedding anniversary with everyone there.”

The couple married on 3rd March 1946 with a chupah and celebration at the Porchester Hall near Lancaster Gate.  Rene, who was 22 when they married, was helping to manage her father’s business and later worked at the Jewish Marriage Council until her retirement. Cecil worked in the textiles, pharmaceutical and plastics industries. He recalls, “Post-war Britain was going through a period of austerity when we got married. Streetlights and shop lights were dimmed in the evenings and festivities had to finish at 6pm so my father-in-law applied for a special licence to extend the party until 7pm. Times were hard so we were very lucky to have had such a marvellous wedding with a lovely week in Bournemouth for our honeymoon.”

Cecil and Rene have lived in Hendon throughout their married life. They have two sons, David, is a judge who lives in Israel and Jonathan who is an accountant and lives in London. They have nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two more on the way.

Cecil adds, “Rene and I met when I hosted a Friday night gathering in my home for Torah Ve’Avodah and we became friends. We knew each other from when we were 17. It’s wonderful to be best friends above everything else and to trust one other and grow together.”

Social coordinator at Clore Manor, Sharon Arad said, “We wish Cecil and Rene a huge mazeltov on their 70th wedding anniversary. It was fantastic to surprise the couple with the donated tickets for the box at Cirque de Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall, thanks to the generous support of a donor and to celebrate their special occasion with them at Clore Manor.”



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