Care home staff treat sweet couple married for 70 years to romantic Valentine’s lunch

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The elderly couple joined Rosepark Care Home during the coronavirus pandemic. They are the only couple living in the home, and as they together at such a difficult time, staff were keen to make it a day to remember.

Davie, 93, and Margaret, 89, were treated to a two-course lunch with the help of the home’s chef and the romantic treats donated by the local Aldi store. Mr and Mrs Hunter enjoyed baked salmon with potatoes, heart shaped shortbread, strawberry ice cream and cakes.

The staff also organised the romantic setting to include flowers, cards and chocolates. Some members of the team even brought in their own wedding dresses to decorate the room.

The couple reminisced about their life together. They met 71 years ago when they both worked in a Schweppes factory. Davie would almost always miss his bus home because he was trying to woo Margaret. He said: “Her granny used to say, ‘that poor boy’ because I was always missing the bus and having to cycle all the way home just so I could stay and talk to Margaret.”

Mr and Mrs Hunter are now approaching their seventieth wedding anniversary. Their wedding took place in Balornock Chapel and the reception was at Margaret’s mother’s house. The big day cost only £25.

They still remain very much in love and put their longstanding marriage down to “getting on so well” and “just liking each other”. They now have two children and three grandchildren. 

The couple were blown away by the care home staff’s kindness. Margaret told the Daily Record: “The staff are all lovely, they have gone to so much bother to make us feel welcome. They would do anything for you!”

Annette Frew, activity co-ordinator at the home said: “We always like to make sure we do something unique for the individuals at the home, and as our only couple in Rosepark, we thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to treat Margaret and Davie and add some extra romance to their day.”

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Graham Nicolson from Aldi Scotland told the Record: “It was fantastic to have helped support the team at Renaissance Care’s Rosepark Care Home in creating a memorable day for both Margaret and Davie.

“The efforts of all the staff at Renaissance Care during the pandemic has been inspiring. On behalf of Aldi Scotland, I hope Margaret, Davie and the rest of the team enjoy the special range of Valentine’s Day treats our local store has donated.”

Additional reporting by Kaitlin Easton.

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