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Local couple shares secrets to a long and happy marriage

December 8 2017

A couple at Bowes House have been sharing their pearls of wisdom in celebration of the royal platinum wedding anniversary.

Phillip and Joan Osborne, aged 83 and 85, have been featured in a commemorative video in which they talk about their own love story, to mark the Queen and Prince Phillip’s marriage milestone.

After courting for 18 months, Phillip proposed to Joan by suggesting they shop for an engagement ring. The couple then married on 10th August 1932. When asked the secret to a happy marriage, Phillip explained, ‘give and take’.

The video includes residents from care homes across the country reminiscing about loved ones both past and present. From sharing their first dates to the moment they walked down the aisle, the selection of memories and stories have been captured to celebrate companionship and the some of the country’s great love stories. 

Helena Barrow, home manager at Bowes House, said: “We were delighted when Phillip and Joan were asked to feature in this commemorative video as they, along with many residents here at the home, often speak fondly about how they met their other halves, their wedding day and their children – and it’s always so lovely to hear.

“We regularly celebrate big anniversaries here at Bowes House and understand the importance of maintaining relationships and celebrating life’s milestones.”

Residents and the team at Bowes Court also celebrated the royal wedding anniversary with a tea party and screening of the royal occasion in 1947.

Helena concluded: “Celebrating this occasion has been a really valuable reminiscence activity for residents – particularly those living with dementia. It’s been great for residents to share their life experiences and memories of their loved ones.”

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