Over a century of love celebrated at Grantham retirement development

Kathleen Walker and Kathleen Palmer seated, with Wallace Walker and Trevor Palmer standing behind, centre, with other residents.
Kathleen Walker and Kathleen Palmer seated, with Wallace Walker and Trevor Palmer standing behind, centre, with other residents.
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Two couples at the same Grantham retirement home development both celebrated milestone wedding anniversaries on the same day.

McCarthy and Stone’s Martin Court development held a joint celebration on March 19 for Wallace and Kathleen Walker, who have reached their diamond anniversary, and for Trevor and Kathleen Palmer, to mark their golden anniversary.

The Walkers and Palmers who both moved into Martin Court in November 2014, were surprised with flowers, champagne, cake and good wishes from the community.

Kathleen Walker said: “We couldn’t believe it when we heard the Palmers were celebrating such a momentous anniversary so close to our own. We thought it was only right to double the celebrations, and to invite the rest of the community to join us!”

Aged 17, Kathleen met Wallace on a blind date. “That was so long ago as we’re both 80 now but it feels like only yesterday,” she said.

Their first home together was a large family home in Leeds. They moved to the development on St Catherine’s Road in Grantham in order to be closer to their family. “It was a great decision to move in here, all the McCarthy and Stone staff made it so easy and painless for us. The celebrations for our diamond anniversary are a perfect example of how well they look after us,” Kathleen added.

Meanwhile Trevor and Kathleen Palmer married in 1965 after being friends for years beforehand.

They previously lived in Leicestershire and elsewhere in Lincolnshire. Trevor said: “We moved to Grantham later in life and loved the village feel and community. However our home was becoming quite difficult to manage and maintain as we got older, so when we heard about a McCarthy and Stone development coming to the area we jumped at the chance.”

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