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Ilkley care home couple recreate wedding photos to mark 70 years of love

Keith and Vera Skelton married 70 years

A couple at Mayfield View care home in Ilkley have had their dreams come true thanks to staff who arranged a professional photoshoot to recreate their wedding day photographs.

88-year-old Vera and 89-year-old Keith Skelton moved into the care home in December 2023 – just a few weeks before they marked their 70th Platinum wedding anniversary.

The loved-up couple, who married in 1953 have three children, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter who lives in Hong Kong.

Keith and Vera Skelton in 1953

Staff were aware of the strong bond between Vera and Keith and wanted to do something special to mark the significant time spent together.

Home manager at Mayfield View, Katie Cliff said, “We knew from the moment that Vera and Keith moved in that their love for each other was something truly unique.

“We wanted to do something really special for them to recreate the happy memories of their wedding day – as well as arranging an afternoon tea party which we will host for them in the Spring.”

Marion, a lifelong friend to the couple said, “Since I have known them, it is very clear that Vera and Keith can’t live without each other. They really are inseparable, and it is wonderful that they have been able to stay together and continue their love story at Mayfield View.”

Home manager, Katie added, “With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is a lot of love in the airand we’re delighted to be able to help Vera and Keith re-live their wedding day together.”

When asked what is their secret to a long-lasting marriage, Vera said, “Trust and love each other – we have always been so happy together, regardless of age.”


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