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Romance is still in the air for Bishop's Stortford care home couple

A devoted husband and wife spent their 72nd Valentine's Day together at Bishop's Stortford's newest care home.

Kay and Ted Lawes, who later this year celebrate their platinum (70th) wedding anniversary, enjoyed a date night at Hazel End Care Home's top-floor Sky Bar.

They were both 24 when they met while holidaying with their families at Golden Sands holiday camp in Hopton-on-Sea, near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, in the summer of 1948. The pair married two years later in Hornsey, north London, and then settled in Harlow.

Kay and Ted on the wedding day (29220407)
Kay and Ted on the wedding day (29220407)

Kay and Ted had both worked for the forces during the Second World War. Ted went on to found a light engineering company while Kay was a GPO (General Post Office) telephonist and hairdresser before leaving work to raise their three children: Vanessa, Richard and Michael, born in 1953, 1956 and 1961 respectively.

The couple now have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ted said: "My best moments in life have been with my wonderful wife. I'm so proud of her. We've been through everything together, and watching Kay raise our family has been an absolute pleasure."

Kay and Ted Lawes (29220409)
Kay and Ted Lawes (29220409)

In December 2019, the couple were the first residents to move into Halcyon Care Homes' Hazel End residential and dementia care home in Kitchener Road on the St Michael's Hurst development in Stortford.

Manager Allison Squires said: "Kay and Ted are such a devoted couple, they are inseparable and are always smiling and laughing.

"We're excited to help them celebrate and we're going to make this Valentine's Day really special for them with it being their platinum wedding anniversary.

"Ted has asked that we get some roses for Kay as they're her favourite. They're still very much in love and romance is definitely in the air here at Hazel End!"

When asked about the secret to a long and happy marriage, Ted said: "Support – that's what you need. My wife has supported me through everything. We are a team and that's what's kept us going through the years."

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