Sheffield sweethearts celebrate 65 happy years

Happy: Edna and Walt Briddock with their card from the Queen and, below, enjoying their anniversary with family.              PICTURES: GLENN ASHLEY.
Happy: Edna and Walt Briddock with their card from the Queen and, below, enjoying their anniversary with family. PICTURES: GLENN ASHLEY.
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LOVEBIRDS Edna and Walt Braddick spent their 65th wedding anniversary as they’ve always done – happily together.

The pair, both residents at Brackenfield Hall care home in Frecheville, marked the big day with a fun-packed party.

Walt, aged 86, and 87-year-old Edna were entertained by a crooner singing swing hits and visited by friends and family.

Dawn Martin, home manager, said: “They love to just sit and chat together, holding hands and enjoying meals or whatever we have going on here.

“Walt and Edna are still very much in love, it’s fantastic to see.

“We had a party with a man called Alfie singing – he does a lot of swing like Michael Bublé, which they really enjoyed.

“Walt and Edna had a lovely time – I don’t think they have stopped thanking us since.

“They said nobody had ever done anything like that for them before.”

Former lorry driver Walt and Edna lived in Arbourthorne, and were married at St James’ Church in the area on Boxing Day 1947.

They have no children and moved into the home, on Fox Lane, shortly after it opened in 2009, just a few weeks apart.

Family and friends visited the happy couple on their anniversary.

And they also received a big cake and a very special letter from the Queen – who marked her own 65th wedding anniversary with Prince Philip this year as well.

Dawn added: “It was just so nice to help them both celebrate and to see how many people came along, all their friend, brothers, sisters and a niece.

“Brackenfield Hall is very much like a family, everybody got involved and was very happy for Walt and Edna.”