A COUPLE celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday (April 3), with a party in their honour.
Dorothy, 83, and Ernest Bradley, 86, who live at Marriott Lodge care home in Chichester, marked the occasion surrounded by friends and family.
Staff at the care home organised the event, with a singer performing the couple’s favourite songs, including You’ll Never Walk Alone and Bless This House.
There was also a xylophone performance by Chris Beaumont, as well as a special anniversary cake for the pair.
Justine Cowell, activities co-ordinator at Marriott Lodge, said: “They’re such a lovely couple, the nicest people you’d ever meet.”
She said the party had a pink theme because that was the colour of Dorothy’s wedding dress.
The pair were surrounded by their friends at the care home, as well as their family, including their daughter, son, and daughter-in-law.
Dorothy and Ernest looked back at their 60 years together, and Dorothy said the pair met at church when they both lived in Liverpool.
They were married in 1954 and Dorothy said the wedding was ‘wonderful’.
At the time, Ernest was working for one company, but he was only allowed half a day off for his wedding.
He got another job offer, and they said he could have the whole day off – so he took the job.
The pair lived in Liverpool for much of their lives, and had their two children Susan and Peter there.
Ernest is an ‘avid’ Liverpool Football Club supporter, and Mrs Cowell said he rarely misses a match at the care home, and has his team’s hats and flags.
In their working life, Dorothy was a typist for many years, and Ernest worked in insurance.
It wasn’t until 2012 when the pair moved to Chichester, to be closer to the family, who had made the move down south.
Now they have four grandchildren – Matthew, Laura, Stephen and Anna.
When asked the secret of a long marriage, Dorothy said ‘tolerance and having the same interests’, and Ernest said ‘understanding and patience’.
The couple had a great time at their diamond wedding celebrations, and Dorothy said: “The staff have been very good getting all this ready, we did not know it was going to be so good.”