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65 Years of Love & Devotion – Congratulations!

65 Years of Love & Devotion – Congratulations!

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Pringle as they their Blue Sapphire Wedding Anniversary today.

[20 October 2016]

In some respects, the time has flown by since their first meeting in 1948 and it seems like no time since John Pringle’s heart was captivated by the pretty Evelyn Packwood as they met for the first time at a dance in Edinburgh.

Around three years later, on a lovely Autumnal Saturday John stood nervously in Pilrig Church of Scotland awaiting Evelyn, his bride. The date was 20 October 1951.  Following her arrival, the couple pledged their love to each other in front of their family and friends - and so began their journey as man and wife.

The bridge of life they have built is long and much water has passed beneath it as the years have gone by.

In 2014 it was agreed that John needed the additional support of a care home so on 04 September, he moved in to CrossReach’s Queen’s Bay Lodge Residential Home, where he currently lives.

With the special anniversary drawing closer, friends and family approached Manager, Helen Somerville, to ask if it would be possible to arrange a surprise party for both John and Evelyn, in celebration of the remarkable anniversary.  Maureen and her team were delighted at the suggestion.

On Tuesday 18 October, the home was decorated with banners and balloons.  Residents, family members and friends welcomed in the ‘bride and groom’ to their special event.  Mrs Pringle had no idea such a special party had been planned and she had thought she was just popping in to visit her dear husband!

What a surprise!

  • Uplifting entertainment from Live Music Now
  • A presentation of flowers
  • The cutting of a special cake
  • Love, celebration and a few tears

A beautiful memory was created in the midst of the fun, adding to the innumerable others they have gathered over the years and one that will be cherished.

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