Love and romance were the order of Valentine’s Day for a 65-year-married couple at Astune Rise care home in Eston, near Middlesbrough.
Evelyn Robinson (84), who lives in Astune Rise care home and husband Colin (90) who will celebrate 66 years of wedded bliss in March were surprised with a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea at the care home.
They were serenaded by a local singer who performed ‘their song’ Till which was originally sung by Shirley Bassey, and a private lounge was decorated with balloons and fabulous heart decorations made with love by children from the local Whale Hill primary school.
Colin visits Evelyn every day and their devotion to each other prompted staff to make Valentine’s Day extra special, particularly given all the restrictions they have been living under over the last two years.
Colin said: “We mean everything to each other. We’ve done everything together, never been apart. It’s so important to see her every day, we don’t know how many days are left so every day is a treasure.”
Caroline Bowstead, home manager at Astune Rise said: “It’s the most romantic day of the year and we’ve followed Evelyn and Colin’s love story since Evelyn came to live with us. We just wanted to do something really special for them.
“We put a post on Facebook and the local school and the whole community have helped make it so special. Thanks you to everyone for making Evelyn and Colin’s Valentine Day!”