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Platinum wedding anniversary for care home couple celebrating 70 years together


Joan Hirst and Edwin Hirst both live together at HC-One’s Larchwood care home, in Braintree, Essex. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary which is traditionally marked as platinum.

They marked the day with fellow Residents at the home as well as Colleagues; everyone was wishing them a ‘happy anniversary’ all day and the couple received a card, flowers, a cake, chocolates and two bottles of fizz to enjoy. Both were delighted with their gifts.

Joan, who will be celebrating her 92nd birthday tomorrow, said, “We both got married the day before my birthday so we could get double the presents!”

Staff at the home also set up the lounge with a romantic dinner for two. They had roast chicken dinner together and enjoyed a slice of cake with some cream and a tipple while listening to some music from the 1950s.

Joan said she enjoyed the music, it brought back memories of the year they got married. When we got married, we had a buffet at the family home and watched the movie ‘Annie Get Your Gun’.”

Edwin commented, “We enjoyed everything about the day; the gifts and the lovely meal together.

Home Manager, Jade Smith, remarked, “There is going to be more celebrations tomorrow Joan’s birthday. She will definitely get double presents! We are going to put the photo taken of them in a special frame for them to keep.”

Nestled away in a quiet, rural location just outside Braintree in Essex, Larchwood is a friendly, purpose-built care home with 64 beds, offering residential dementia care.

For more information, or to view the home, visit or call 0333 999 8553


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