Couple celebrate 67 years of wedded bliss with romantic dinner

An Isle of Wight couple can rightfully claim to be one of the longest married on the Island as they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this month.

Derek and June Meeson are both residents at The Elms Nursing Home in Bembridge and staff there treated them to a special romantic dinner for two for their anniversary.

The couple first met at a fairground when Derek was 20 and serving in the Royal Air Force.

They got married in the pouring rain at St George’ Square, Birmingham with Derek wearing his RAF uniform. They then went on honeymoon to London where they stayed with June’s cousin.

After their marriage, they lived in a one bedroomed flat in Birmingham but saved up all their money and moved into their own house in the Perrywood area of the city.

Derek then came out of the RAF and worked for BSA Motorcycles in Birmingham, while June was a homemaker, looking after their only child, Gail. They now have a granddaughter called Lucy.

Derek has been at The Elms since October last year and has now been joined there by June. He says his proudest moment was when they first moved into their own house, but his biggest achievement of course is his wonderful marriage, his happiest memories being the time he has spent with June.

Lesley Wise, manager of The Elms said: “All the staff at the Elms are delighted we could make a special day for this very special couple. They are both very special in our hearts. We wish them many more happy years together.”