Paul and Mary Whalley celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this month with relatives and friends at Bluegrove House care home in Bermondsey.

The happy couple cut their celebratory cake at a party held for them at Anchor’s Bluegrove House where they have lived for the past 2 years moving from Wales to be closer to their family.  

Paul and Mary met when they were students studying in Bangor, North Wales and married in Mary’s home town of Caernarfon in 1955.

The couple travelled to Uganda where they lived for 3 years while Paul worked as a scientific officer researching ways of dealing with pests that were killing crops throughout East Africa.  When they came back to the UK Paul worked at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington and Mary worked as an infants’ school teacher. 

When they retired they returned to live in North Wales and were both very active in local natural history societies and the WI.  They have 2 children who are both married and one granddaughter Ellen who was born in 2000.

Sue Maheshwaree, Home Manager said: “Mary and Paul are a delightful couple who have led rich and fulfilling lives – the team at Bluegrove is thrilled to be able to help them celebrate their 61 years of marriage – a magnificent achievement!”

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