A COUPLE living at Brookside retirement living scheme in Ormskirk, will celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary this Wednesday (October 7), but will be unable to be with family due to new Covid-19 restrictions.
The couple have received a congratulation card from the Queen, which they said was “very nice indeed’.
Paddy and Betty Moorcroft, aged 91 and 90, first met in Ormskirk in 1948.
Betty, originally from Skelmersdale, would come to Ormskirk with her friends to go dancing. They met at the local shop as Betty got off the train. She found out Paddy lived at the shop, so she started visiting more often to see him.
Their first kiss came a short time later during a game of Postman’s Knock; their numbers were matched, and they shared a kiss in the hall and have been inseparable since.
They wed at St Paul’s Parish Church in Skelmersdale in 1950, when Paddy was 21 years old, and Betty 20.
Paddy served in the Army from 1950, based in Scotland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Austria. He went on to have his own Plumbing and Heating business, which is still going today being run by one of his sons and grandson.
Betty spent 20 years working as a nursery nurse in a school for children with disabilities.
They have six children (four living), seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
During their marriage Paddy and Betty spent 18 years living in Fulwood to help their daughter with her supermarket business, before returning home to Ormskirk in 2012 to live at Brookside, a retirement living scheme run by Your Housing Group.
Susan Thomas, scheme manager for Your Housing Group, said: “What an amazing achievement to reach 70 years of marriage. Paddy and Betty are a wonderful couple and everyone at Brookside and Your Housing Group send their best wishes and congratulations.”
And the secret to their happy marriage? Patience and understanding each other… although Betty admits she is the one with the most patience.
They had been hoping to see family on their anniversary socially distant in the Bistro at Brookside, but new Covid-19 restrictions means that they are unable to mix households.