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71 Years: Residents Roy and Jean’s Secret to a Happy Marriage

Shoemaker Place residents Roy and Jean Ellerton had plenty to celebrate this week as they marked their 71st Wedding Anniversary on the 1st August.

Roy said ‘Our wedding was at Trentham church. We had a little incident on the day – my wife got to the church first! I was being driven to the church and we passed the pub and the driver suggested we go for a pint which meant my wife was waiting for me, which wasn’t a very good start. Anyway, the wedding went well and we went away for a week.’

Shoemaker Place is our brand new modern care home set in the lovely market town of Stone, Staffordshire. Shoemaker Place provides all residents with the highest quality of care in the beautiful setting of Stone. Every consideration has been made to ensure that the home is dementia-friendly, from the familiarity of the décor to the layout of the care home. Staff were thrilled to welcome both Roy and Jean to the Shoemaker Place family, and were delighted to throw a special celebration to mark the huge milestone.

Despite the minor wedding day hiccup, Jean still constantly tells him that she loves him, still affectionately refers to him as ‘Buggerlugs’ and ‘her Gem’.

Roy said, ‘We’ve had a wonderful life. We had two children, twins Mark and Diane and a marvellous cat called Monty. Diane is wonderful, unfortunately our son Mark died when he was 40yrs old, which made a vast difference to our lives. That was the big challenge we had. We had a lovely detached bungalow that was designed by Jean’s father and myself, and apart from losing Di’s twin brother, we’ve had a marvellous life.”

When asked what he thought the secret of a happy marriage was, Roy said “The love we have, and being true to each other. If could offer some advice to newlyweds today, I’d say don’t rush into things and take the time to create happiness.”

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