Love in a Care South nursing home
Two residents from Care South Sussexdown, Cyril Merle and Margaret Kingsley, became the oldest couple to get married in Britain on Saturday 23 May 2009. Cyril and Margaret who met three years ago whilst living at Care South Sussexdown had a wonderful wedding at Sullington Church in Storrington supported by their friends and family.
“It’s lovely to have romance in the home” said Sue Bush, Home Manager at Care South Sussexdown “its brought a smile to all our residents and staff and its wonderful to think that love can still blossom when you?re in your 90s. Margaret and Cyril make a lovely couple who have lots of interests in common and enjoy reminiscing about their time in the Royal Air Force and enjoy supporting RAF functions and events that happen at Care South Sussexdown and in the local area.”
Margaret explains, “I never thought this would happen again but I love him with all my heart. It is wonderful to fall in love at our age and I feel very lucky to have been so supported by everyone”.
Cyril, who has battled back from a stroke and continues to entertain the Sussexdown residents on the keyboard at the home’s weekly tea dances, added: “Some people may think it’s a little late in the day but it’s something we both wanted to do. She’s the most caring woman you could hope to meet. I feel very lucky.”
The marriage unites two stories of courage and sacrifice in wartime Britain. Margaret was 23 when she joined the RAF in 1939 and worked as a driver with 617 Dambusters Squadron.
Cyril was 22 when he became a leading aircraftsman with the RAF Dutch Spitfire Squadron in 1942.