A devoted couple from Wales are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary this week, marking 70 years of married life. Clarence ‘Clarrie’ Wells (91) and Emlyne ‘Lyn’ Wells (87) are residents at the Bupa Maes-y-Wennol Residential Home in Montgomeryshire, where they’ve lived together since 2015. They have two children, Pat (68) and Terry (66), and a granddaughter, Helen (45).
Born in India, Lyn met Clarrie in early 1947 when he was serving there with the British Army as a paratrooper and the pair married on 19th July 1947 in Rohri. However, their future in India was short-lived due to the Partition of India – the division to create India and Pakistan.Clarrie and Lyn still count themselves lucky to have escaped as they left at a turbulent and dangerous time. While at a train station in Lahore making their way out of India, the whole of Clarrie’s troop had to form a shield around Lyn to protect her as violence broke out. They finally left by boat in September 1947 and arrived at Southampton docks on 10th October.
After moving to Lincoln to live with Clarrie’s family, the pair later moved to their first home in Harmston, in the suburbs of Lincoln. 50 years after they married the couple moved to Llanidloes in Wales where they spent the next 17 years before Clarrie’s dementia meant he was best cared for in a home. As a result, the pair moved together to the Bupa-run Maes-y-Wennol Residential Home in late 2015, where they could continue living together. Recalling the choice, Lyn says: “I’d had him by my side for over 60 years, and I wasn’t going to leave him then!”
Reaching their 70th wedding anniversary means they will receive a congratulatory card from Her Majesty the Queen, and will continue to do so for each future anniversary to come.
Speaking of their celebrations, Lyn said: “I count us so lucky to have had such a long, happy marriage and don’t know where I’d be without Clarrie by my side. We’ve been through a lot over the years but have stuck together through it all, which makes the celebration all the more special.”
Drawing on their experiences, Lyn also shared her own advice for a long and happy marriage: “Never share a cross word, but instead share plenty of fun ones.” Sharing his own views, Clarrie added: “Make sure you always agree on the most important things in life. Everything else is a compromise.”
To mark the occasion, colleagues at the Bupa Maes-y-Wennol Residential Home will be throwing an anniversary party. Sandra Holt, a manager at the home, said: “Clarrie and Lyn are such an inspirational couple. They’re always by one another’s side and every night, when Clarrie goes to bed, Lyn will tuck him in and give him a kiss. They’re so loved by everyone here that we couldn’t let their special day go unmarked. With 70 happy years of marriage, and plenty of adventures along the way, we wanted to help them celebrate this magnificent milestone.”
The party was held on Tuesday 18th June 2017, ahead of their anniversary the following day.
Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside, the Bupa Maes-y-Wennol Residential Home is close to the town of Llanidloes and features landscaped gardens, including a furnished patio area and sensory garden with breathtaking views.