Pensioners are still crazy in love

BIG DAY: Syd and Besie Carr renew their wedding vows, pictured with deputy manager at the Avery Mews Care Home, Sarah Sykes.
BIG DAY: Syd and Besie Carr renew their wedding vows, pictured with deputy manager at the Avery Mews Care Home, Sarah Sykes.
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A COUPLE who married 30 years ago have walked down the aisle for the second time – aged 85 and 91.

Syd and Bessie Carr said it was love at first sight when they met at the Bankfield pub in Gomersal in 1983. After two weekends away to Blackpool they realised they were compatible and married soon after at Dewsbury Register Office.

They lived together in Gomersal until Bessie became ill and moved to the Avery Mews Care Home in Heckmondwike.

Syd, whose idea it was to renew the couple’s wedding vows, said he wanted to do something special for his wife.

“I’d found a beautiful ring for Bessie and I wanted to make a nice gesture to show her how much I love her,” he said.

The couple renewed their vows in a service at the home, led by Heckmondwike curate the Rev Thierry Guillemin and a reading was done by fellow resident Marie Ellis. Avery Mews staff and all the residents enjoyed cake, sherry and sparkling wine.

Syd said he chose Sunday because it was Bessie’s 91st birthday and their 30th wedding anniversary. He was 85 the following day.

The romantic added that the secret to a long and happy marriage was love and trust.

Manager Amanda Woolford said: “They are a lovely, devoted couple and we wish them many more happy years together.”