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Roy and Jean wedding photo smiling cutting cake

Roy and Jean Dennis were joined by their family to mark 50 years of married life, with a special party at Carey Lodge care home in Wing.

The happy couple reflected on their wedding day, which took place in May 1968 at St Thomas Church in Dagenham and they re-enacted the cake cutting tradition to mark the milestone.

Jean moved to Carey Lodge, run by local care provider and charity, The Fremantle Trust, in September 2017, while Roy remains in the family home in Winslow. Their romance has stood the test of time, indeed they claim the secrets to a long and successful marriage are ‘love, friendship, care and happiness.’

The couple were joined by their three children, Ruth, Amy and Matthew, as well as their five grandchildren, Elise (18), Sienna and Tenesse (11 year old twins), Olivia (13) and Teddy (two and a half). The family enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by entertainment from male vocalist, Florin.

The event gave everyone a chance to celebrate together and was organised by the family, with support from the team at Carey Lodge. Jean and Roy reminisced about their wedding day, where Jean wore a long fitted white silk dress with a lace coat overlay flecked with gold. The couple also took a trip down memory lane to remember their honeymoon in Lake Como, Italy.

Commenting on the anniversary party, Sue Faulkner, leisure and lifestyle manager at The Fremantle Trust, said:

It was such a privilege to see Roy and Jean celebrate 50 years of marriage with their family. They are a lovely couple, with a very special relationship and we were delighted to be a part of such a memorable day.

Roy added:

It was a wonderful afternoon sharing treasured memories with family. Thank you to Carey Lodge for letting us all be together on this lovely occasion and for the kind gesture of offering us a memory stick with all the photos saved on it from the celebration, as a record of our anniversary.