Clare couple to be reunited on their 70th wedding anniversary
“Just to see him is the most important thing.”
These are the words of Eve Wood who next week will be celebrating 70 years of marriage to husband, Reg.
Reg, 93, has been living at Cleves Place care home, in Haverhill, since February 2018 after the onset of early dementia.
Until the outbreak of Covid-19, Eve, had visited him twice a week.
The couple originally had plans for a big family gathering for their Platinum Wedding but the pandemic put paid to that.
When Eve visits the care home on July 15, it will only be the second time she has seen him for 115 days.
“We’ve missed each other so much,’ said Eve, 92.
“It wasn’t quite the celebration we expected, and I’ll miss having a big family party, but just to see him is the most important thing.”
Eve met Reg at a youth club dance just before he joined the Royal Navy for National Service.
He retired as manager of Barclays Bank in Flitwick, Bedforshire, 35 years ago and the couple moved to Clare, where Eve still lives, in 2001.
The couple have three daughters, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren –Jacob 13, Amber, nine, Joshua, six, Charlie, five, Sophie, four, and Abbie, two.
The home has been in complete lockdown during the coronavirus crisis but Eve was able to visit him in the home’s garden for Reg’s 93rd birthday on July 2.
The reunion was specially arranged by Cleves Place staff, socially distanced and brought tears to everybody’s eyes.
Otherwise the home is operating strict security measures.
For the platinum celebration there will be cake, flowers and Champagne.
“They’ve been talking on the phone but it’s not the same as seeing each other,” said daughter Val, who has been looking after Eve during the crisis.
“They’ve been missing each other so much. We are so grateful to Cleves for arranging this.”
Eve added: “It’s lovely to have the chance to see Reg and tell him again how much I love him. The 70 years have gone in a flash.
“He’s been the best husband and father to the girls that I could ever wish for.”
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