Festive gesture for marital milestone

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A devoted husband has made a romantic festive gesture to his wife to help mark a massive matrimonial milestone.

Dennis Toon, from Shirebrook, has paid to book himself into the care home where his wife lives for two weeks so they can be together at Christmas.

But it is a special time of year for the couple who will be marking their 73rd wedding anniversary on 28th December.

Dennis (93) and Winnifred (92) will enjoy the big day at The Grange, on Shirebrook’s Field Drive, where Winnifred has recently moved to because of her deteriorating health.

Keith Toon, one of the couple’s nine children, said: “It’s been a struggle to get him there to visit her so it was his idea to go in there so he could be with her over Christmas, New Year and for their anniversary.

“They are devoted to each other and have never been separated at all.”

He said the family will be visiting the pair over Christmas and for their anniversary.

Angela Flavell, who is the manager at the home said the pair had an adjoining room, adding: “It’s lovely to see, and very sweet.

“They are both very alert and the staff are very fond of them and we thought it was a very romantic gesture he has made.”

The couple had met in the street in Shirebrook more than 75 years ago when they were just teenagers, with Dennis admitting it was ‘love at first sight’.

They married at Chesterfield Register Office in 1940, after two years of courting.

They lived in Ault Hucknall until 1955 when they moved to Slant Lane in Shirebrook. Winnifred had worked at Hollins hosiery factory in Pleasley Vale and then the Ritz Cinema in Radmanthwaite, while Dennis worked a dumper truck driver and on a farm.

Dennis said successful marriage down to the fact that they got along so well and never argued.