Care South residents Mary (87) and Gordon Naylor (91) celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, with a party at the RNLI in Poole, last weekend. The couple met on a blind date following the war in 1946 and married a year later in Shropshire. 65 years on they are still living happily together at Care South’s Alexandra House care home in Parkstone, Poole.
The couple retired to Poole almost 30 years ago and moved into Alexandra House in 2010. During the Second World War, Gordon served in the RAF before joining the pharmaceutical company Boots, a job which took him all over the country and even as far as Australia in 1956, where the couple lived for ten years. On returning to the UK, Mary played a vital role in collating documents from Scott of the Antarctic’s fated mission to the South Pole – a job that resulted in several books being written on the subject.
Mary and Gordon always loved Poole, and as Gordon was a keen sailor they retired to the south coast where they both became enthusiastic members of Poole Yacht Club for many years. Always wanting to remain active and fulfilled they set up a retirement association to support and assist ex Boots employees in the south which continues to thrive, having celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, where Mary and Gordon were the guests of honour.
Four generations of the Naylor family were at the anniversary celebrations on Saturday, including their two daughters Jenny and Gill and son Graham. Many family members travelled hundreds of miles to join in the celebration on Saturday.
Gill commented: “Mum and Dad are a lovely loving couple who are inseparable and totally devoted to each other, even after 65 years of marriage. They have always been an inspiration and support to all the family and others. We love them dearly and feel very privileged to have been able to share in such an amazing special occasion.”