Blackburn Care Home Residents celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary


Teddy and Marion Suligowski, both resident’s at Eachstep Blackburn Care Home in Infirmary Road, Blackburn, have recently celebrated their Platinum Anniversary, with a special celebration at the home.

Teddy, who is 94 years old and his wife Marion, who is 90 years old are both residents in the home. They met when they both worked in Stanhill Mill in Oswaldtwistle when Marion was only 19 years old. Their love for each other grew and they married just over a year later in St Mary’s Church, Islington, Blackburn on 23rd July 1949. They have lived in Blackburn all their married lives and have 4 children, Michael, Angela, Patricia and Julian, as well as 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.


Teddy and Marion received an abundance of cards including a special one from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II who sent warm congratulations to the couple on their Platinum Anniversary. The couple celebrated with a glass of prosecco, a special cake and balloons to mark the occasion.  They enjoyed listening to music from days when they were younger.


Bernadette Richardson, Acting Managing at Eachstep Blackburn said

“It was an honour to share Teddy and Marion’s special day with them. A Platinum Anniversary is certainly a magnificent achievement. Everyone at Eachstep Blackburn would like to congratulate the couple on this very special day.”

Alison Tait, Chief Operating Officer for Community Integrated Care said

“We are delighted to celebrate Teddy and Marion’s 70th Wedding Anniversary with them and send our warmest Congratulations to the couple. It sounds like everyone had a lovely afternoon with family around them. It is organising memorable events like this that helped Eachstep Blackburn achieve an ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission at their last inspection.”


  1. Very rarely do care homes have two lovers living together at the same care home. Care homes are getting to be a burden on married couples and lovers. They become more restrictive as the years go on. So this pairing living in the same care home is a very rare situation, but it shouldn’t be. It’s as natural as your two parents living together. I think that unless there is already evidence of one person in the same relationship, being abusive to the other person, only then should care staff get involved. Not before it happens. You can’t predict what’s going to happen in a relationship, but care from a distance, even if you have reasons to be worried about a relationship involving care home residents. Sure someone may have a past history of being abusive, but it doesn’t mean that they will do the same in the next relationship. Anyway, nice to see such a couple 🙂


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