A DOTING husband who said it was ‘love at first sight’ when he met his beloved wife has joined her for a poignant celebration to mark their diamond wedding.
Sam McBride, of Davies Drive, met his bride-to-be Gwen in Uttoxeter back in 1951 and married her just a year later at St Mary’s Parish Church in the town on her birthday November 1.
Sadly now the pair, both 81, are forced to live apart due to Mrs McBride suffering from dementia and living at Dove House Care Home, in Sudbury, for the last year but her husband visits her every day without fail.
The former Bamfords worker has even put off a hip operation as it would mean him not being able to see his wife while he recuperated.
“The wife comes first,” he told the Advertiser. “I visit her every day and wouldn’t have it any other way. If I could take her home I would.
“We have had a wonderfully happy 60 years together and not many people can say that.
“It was love at first sight for me when we first met. There was just a spark there and we always got on well together.
“We went out every day and went to the Elite picture house in Uttoxeter twice a week. Life was good.
“We used to drive up to Scotland four times a year when the kids were younger as my parents lived up there and my brother and sister.
“Gwen also loved going to Blackpool every year she loved the sea air and going to see the shows.
“She got dementia back in 2008 and I looked after her myself right up until last year. I’ve never lived alone so it has been hard but I have a smashing family.”
Mrs McBride was born and bred in Alexandra Crescent, in Uttoxeter, and worked in the town’s corset factory before meeting her husband.
After marrying in 1952 the newlyweds moved up to Mr McBride’s native Scotland where he was a coal miner and had son Allan in 1953 before moving back to Uttoxeter in 1957 and he joined Bamfords as a foundry worker.
After having daughter Linda in 1959 they emigrated to Adelaide, in Australia, in 1966 as a family before returning to Uttoxeter in 1969 and Mr McBride returned to Bamfords where he worked until it ceased operations in 1982.
To celebrate their anniversary Mr and Mrs McBride were joined by their family for a small party at the care home on Saturday and also received a card from a special someone celebrating her own diamond anniversary.
Mr McBride said: “It was lovely to get the card from the Queen and it made it even more special.
“The party was very nice and Gwen’s sisters came to see her and give her a birthday card as well.”