News ID: 314856
Published: 0733 GMT July 17, 2021

Welsh couple, kept apart by COVID, celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

Welsh couple, kept apart by COVID, celebrates 70th wedding anniversary
VIKTORIJA KILIKEVICIUTE/MIRROR

A couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary — by meeting up for the first time in over a year.

Frank and Nancy Harding get married at in Godre'r Graig in the Swansea Valley, Wales, in 1951 and have been at each other's side ever since, walesonline.co.uk reported.

But after dementia forced Frank to move from the family home in Sketty, the pair were abruptly separated by the pandemic like thousands of others across the country.

To minimise the risk of COVID infection, wife Nancy had no choice but to stay away from her husband of seven decades.

Although she had been allowed to visit the nursing home on occasion, it was under strict COVID distancing restrictions.

Despite the precautions, Frank contracted COVID and was put on a ventilator after being admitted to Singleton Hospital.

But he made a miraculous recovery, and with lockdown measures lifting over recent months, the family kept fingers crossed the couple would be allowed to meet up in person once more.

And last week their hopes were realised when Frank and Nancy were able to once again meet in person.

Daughter Jayne said: "It was so lovely for them to be able to finally meet up again and sit side by side.

"Up until now, they've only been able to see each other firstly through glass, or with mum waring personal protective equipment. They have always been very devoted to each other.

"Unfortunately, dad started suffering from dementia three years ago and he's had been at Glais House since last year.

"He is a charming man who has control of most of his faculities and is aware of his surroundings".

Whites and Ospreys fan Frank worked in Customs & Excise all his life, in London, Manchester and Swansea.

   
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