Anchor couples have shared their secrets on lasting romance to mark Valentine’s Day.
As part of a number of activities held today, care home managers asked residents to share their tips for long and happy relationships.
Stuart and Barbara Littlewood, who have been married for 45 years, said the secret to their marriage was supporting each other through the good and bad times.
Grandmother Barbara, 68, who visits Stuart, 76, every day since he moved into Anchor’s Tolson Grange care home in Coach House Drive, Huddersfield, two years ago, said: “The secret to our marriage was to never stop laughing together and enjoy the good times.
“My advice to young Valentines would be to pick the right partner. We did. We loved one another then and still do. Love grows with time if you give it a chance.”
Robert and Sheila Paulson, who have been married for 65 years, (pictured) said a successful marriage depended on listening to each other and making sure you made up after an argument.
Sheila, 88, who has lived with Robert, 87, at Anchor’s Annesley Lodge care home in Annesley Road, Nottingham, since March last year, said: “Our most romantic day was our wedding day and since then every day has been special.
“My advice to young couples is to never go to sleep without resolving an argument. And not having sex before marriage makes your wedding night so much more special.”
Eugene and Diana Harris, who have been married for 16 years, said the secret to their marriage was having a healthy mix of love, fun and a good sense of humour.
Diana, who visits Eugene every day since he moved into Anchor’s Halcyon Court care home in Cliff Road, Leeds, in July last year, said: “My advice to young couples would be to not take life too seriously, celebrate good moments and be kind to one another. Having a shared hobby helps build a relationship. We had a shared love of music and performed in a steel band.”
Former rock band guitarist James Langston and wife Roe, who have been married for 44 years, met when she went backstage to meet members of his band.
Grandmother Roe, 74, who lives with 75-year-old James at Anchor’s Kimberley Court care home in Kimberley Close, Newquay, since July 2017, said: “No matter what life throws at you, you must continue to love each other, be honest and open and most importantly have a sense of humour.”