Couple married for 65 years reunited at care home in Beccles after three months apart due to Covid-19 pandemic
A couple who have been married for six decades have recently been reunited at their Suffolk care home after three months apart due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ivor and Pansy Warren are celebrating being back together after coronavirus meant the pair had to spend three months living in separate homes - their longest time apart since the start of their relationship in the 1950s.
Ivor and Pansy, who have been married for 65 years, have been recently reunited and are now residing in a shared room at St George's Care Home in Beccles.
The couple, who married in 1955 after a two-year courtship, have been reflecting on their happy marriage.
“Make sure you tell each other you love each other every day. And try not to argue," 87 year old Pansy said.
"But if you do, always make sure you resolve the argument before bedtime. Never go to sleep upset with one another."
Ivor, 98, added: “Accept your partner for who they are, respect them and be loyal. You must always be loyal.
"Be affectionate too, and remember that as long as you have each other, you have everything you need.”
The contented couple, who have two daughters together, have been inspiring care staff since their arrival at the home.
Bonnie Howe, service manager at the care home, said: "Ivor and Pansy's relationship is wonderful and so heart-warming to witness.
"When you see them interact with each other, it's clear that they're still just as much in love today as they would have been on their wedding day - if not more so!"
Ivor and Pansy's daughter, Davina, said: "It's always wonderful to watch Mum and Dad together, and I love to hear the story of how they met and fell in love.
"Theirs is very much that old-fashioned love that is so rarely found these days. They have never argued."
Davina said her parents first met soon after Ivor returned from the war.
"He would arrange to meet his friends at the Guildhall, where they'd gather on their bikes, and he would often notice Mum walking by," she said.
"He always wanted to ask her out but couldn't quite pluck up the courage, until one day he realised he didn't want to miss out on his chance and risk losing her.
"Their first date was a leisurely walk through Laxfield and, despite the 11-year age gap, they clicked instantly and never looked back."
The couple this month celebrated their 68th Valentine's Day together, with the care home organising a romantic afternoon tea for two.