Besotted couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary with family and friends

Betty and Fred Aldred with relatives, friends and staff at Colten Care’s Fernhill home

Betty and Fred Aldred with relatives, friends and staff at Colten Care’s Fernhill home

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BESOTTED couple Fred and Betty Aldred celebrated a right royal 60th wedding anniversary at a Dorset care home.

The Queen sent a congratulatory message to the couple.

Betty, who lives with dementia, is a resident at Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Longham while Fred lives at Colten Care’s Kingfishers in New Milton.

The couple, who have two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, met in the early 1950s at the hospital where Betty worked as a nurse.

Fred was in the Metropolitan Police and persuaded Betty to go on a date.

He proposed 18 months later and they were married in Ilford.

In 1960 they moved to Hertford-shire where they raised their two daughters and after retiring they relocated to Barton-on-Sea.

Betty, 83, moved into Fernhill nearly two months ago and has had a new lease of life. Fred, 84, visits as often as he can.

He said: “We’ve had some rough and smooth times but in the end we always end up best of friends.”

Daughter Mandy added: “Col-ten Care has done them proud; there has been such a change in mum since she’s been there.

“Dad has always worshipped the ground she walks on and to see them so happy again is wonderful.”

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