Love is in the air as couple renew wedding vows after 66 years of marriage

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Gwen and David Bird
Gwen and David Bird

David and Gwen Bird, residents of Davenham care home in Malvern, have renewed their wedding vows 66 years after first tying the knot in 1950.

The service took place at the chapel within the care home, which is run by national charity Friends of the Elderly, and was witnessed by fellow residents and family.

David, 90, and Gwen, 86, met at a dance at Moor Pool Hall in Harborne, Birmingham when Gwen was just 17 years old and David 21. They went on to have a big white wedding at St Hilda’s Church in Warley Woods, Birmingham, on 1 June 1950. They have two sons, David and Jonathan, and two grandchildren.

When asked what the secret is to a long happy marriage, Mr and Mrs Bird said that “trust, faithfulness and caring for one another” were key, also a little “give and take”.

James Wadlow, the General Manager of Friends of the Elderly Malvern, said: “It was wonderful to see Mr and Mrs Bird declare their love for each other once more and renew their vows. Occasions such as this are very special to our residents – we all enjoyed lots of tea, cake and of course a few bubbles to toast Gwen and David.”

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