Platinum day of celebration

Alec and May Garside celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary yesterday.
Alec and May Garside celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary yesterday.
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JUST like the precious metal, this platinum couple is something of a rarity.

Alec and May Garside celebrated a grand old 70 years of marriage yesterday, with a small party, cake and a telegram from the Queen.

They met when Alec, now 93, was working as a joiner in the same Blackpool hotel May – now 91 – worked at.

He kept asking her for glasses of water in a bid to talk to her and eventually plucked up the courage to ask her out.

After around three years together, the couple married on September 5, 1942, at Claremont Church, in North Shore.

The pair were both originally from Yorkshire, but moved to the Fylde coast as youngsters with their families – Alec’s family had inherited a house in Blackpool and May’s parents ran boarding houses.

During the Second World War, Alec served in the RAF, while May worked in factories making parts for aircraft.

They moved into their current home – King Edward Care Home on Warbreck Drive, North Shore, in January.

The couple have a daughter, Lynne Beswick, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Sue Hendren, manager at the care home, said the pair were very well-liked.

She said: “Alec and May are a real pair of characters and 70 years together is a long time.

“Alec is constantly telling May he loves her – it’s really sweet.”