Couple reunited after four months of lockdown - just in time to celebrate their special 52 wedding anniversary

Couple reunited after four months of lockdown - just in time to celebrate their special 52 wedding anniversary

by Tom Martin (June 2020)

AN elderly couple from Bootle who have been kept apart since the start of lockdown have finally been reunited – just in time to celebrate their 52 year wedding anniversary!

Elizabeth Loughlin, 73, lives at Abbegale Lodge, on Merton Road, after she moved into the care home when she was diagnosed with dementia.

Her beloved husband, Eddie, also 73, has been forced to stay at home during the outbreak of COVID-19 and has remained indoors since March.

After 16 weeks apart, the couple had an emotional reunion this week at Abbegale Lodge.

Eddie took every precaution by wearing a protective face shield and gloves while making sure he sat away from Elizabeth to ensure social distancing.

But it was well worth the extra effort as the couple were finally able to see each other and even enjoy some cake and refreshments!

The reunion also proved to be perfect timing as they were able to toast an incredible 52 year wedding anniversary.

Eddie and Elizabeth married at Bootle Town Hall in 1967 and lived in Alt Road.

Abbegale Lodge staff, who say they haven’t had any cases of coronavirus, were delighted to welcome Eddie into the care home to see his wife.

A spokesperson said: “After 16 weeks apart due to lockdown, the couple have been reunited! Happy anniversary wishes to Eddie and Betty from all service users, staff and management. The home is very proud to have had no cases of COVID-19 during this pandemic.”

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