Childhood Sweethearts Reminisce on Wedding Day After 63 Years - Ideal Carehomes

Childhood Sweethearts Reminisce on Wedding Day After 63 Years

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at Lydgate Lodge care home in Batley, where resident Geoffrey Wildsmith and his wife Elizabeth have been reminiscing about their wedding day.

Childhood sweethearts Geoffrey (86) and Elizabeth (85) first met in Sunday School in 1946 at St Johns Methodist Church when they were just six and eight years old.

The pair were inseparable, so it came as no surprise when Geoffrey and Elizabeth began courting in their later years.

In 1959, at ages 20 and 22, Geoffrey and Elizabeth were strolling along Bridlington promenade when Geoffrey told the love of his life that he wanted to buy her an engagement ring for her 21st birthday.

Having already spoken to Elizabeth’s parents about the engagement, Geoffrey was thrilled when Elizabeth accepted his proposal. They married in 1961 at St Johns Methodist Church, where they had met many years ago at Sunday School.

Elizabeth said, ‘Our wedding was held at three o’clock, so I had plenty of time to get up and dress, with help from my mum and two bridesmaids. I was so happy to be marrying my childhood sweetheart.’

Elizabeth wore a traditional white lace gown, with full sleeves and a veil, and Geoffrey a classic suit and top hat.

After the wedding reception at Wilton Park, where many of the wedding photos were shot, the couple set off on their honeymoon to Ambleside in the Lake District. Geoffrey said,

‘We had no car, so my best man and his wife drove us to Ambleside, and we travelled back by bus. When we got home, I lifted Elizabeth over the threshold of our new home.

‘Elizabeth still lives in that house today, after 63 years. We brought up our three wonderful sons there.’

Geoffrey and Elizabeth shared their wedding photos with their fellow residents and staff members at Lydgate Lodge during their Valentine’s Day celebration preparations.

Anna Owsicka, the Home Manager at Lydgate Lodge, said, ‘We never miss a celebration at Lydgate Lodge, so hearing all about Geoffrey and Elizabeth’s beautiful wedding was the perfect start to Valentine’s Day.

‘We’re excited to be hosting a romantic Valentine’s Day pop-up restaurant for our residents and their loved ones this year – who knows who else’s love stories we’ll hear about next!’

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Lydgate Lodge is a luxury residential and dementia care home, operated by Ideal Carehomes. Offering 24-hour, person-centred care and 64 stylish en-suite bedrooms, Lydgate Lodge is proud to be rated ‘GOOD’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).