07 February 2020
Herries Lodge couple share their secret to having a successful marriage
An older couple from Sheffield, living in Herries Lodge have offered romantic advice to young couples celebrating Valentine’s Day this week.
Norman and Connie Condon, who will have been married for 68 years in March, said the secret to their marriage was to always listen to and love each other.
Connie, 88, who has lived with Norman, 93, at Anchor’s Herries Lodge care home in Teynham Road, Shirecliffe, since June last year, said: “Our most romantic day was our wedding day and since then every day has been special.
“We’ve always loved and trusted each other and that’s the key to a long and happy marriage. My advice to young couples would be to never lie to each other and believe in your partner."
“Valentine’s Day is a chance to show you care for someone you love and we are still in love after 67 years of marriage.”
Norman and Connie, who were married in the former Whitcliffe Chapel in Langsett Road, Sheffield, have two sons.
The couple will be joining their friends at Herries Lodge on Friday (14 February) for a day of Valentine’s themed events, including singer Paul Barrie entertaining residents followed by a Valentine’s lunch for the residents and their loved ones.
Herries Lodge Manager Sarah Burley said the Valentine’s party was part of a packed programme of activities at the care home.
She said: “This is such an exciting event. There will be lots of fun, colour and wonderful food all made from fresh seasonal ingredients. Older people have a life time of experience when it comes to love so it’s great Norman and Connie can offer younger couples advice.
“The party is part of Herries Lodge ongoing programme of interesting activities which aim to stimulate the residents physically and mentally. Such events are also a great occasion for residents to socialise with friends and their families.”