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Dream of reliving first date comes true for couple of 68 years

By February 14, 2020 No Comments

An 85-year-old care home resident, who brands himself as an ‘old romantic’, has organised a special Valentine’s Day treat for his wife, recreating the first date they shared almost 68 years ago.

David Pratt had been dreaming of recreating the night he met Sheila (84) at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen for years, however the last few times they’ve tried to go, David sadly took unwell.

Today, the couple finally had the chance to fulfil their dream as they danced to their favourite song, Strangers In The Night by Frank Sinatra, in the very same ballroom where they first laid eyes on each other.

The pair who don’t believe in perfection and attribute their successful marriage to having ‘just clicked’, visited the ballroom today (14 February), as they did every Saturday during their courting years. The couple enjoyed a day out together from Jesmond Care Home on the outskirts of Bridge of Don, where David is a resident.

Not much has changed between them since they met aged only 16 and 17. The pair who met on the dancefloor still love music, David loves to serenade his wife and couldn’t wait to re-live the moment which changed his life forever back in 1952.

David, who was working as a printing press printer at the time, had a shiny printers union badge upon his lapel which caught Sheila’s eye. From there, the couple talked and danced together for the rest of the night and are now celebrating their 68th Valentine’s Day as a couple.

68 years, two children and three grand-children later, the couple are still as hopelessly in love as ever. David who lives with dementia, said: “Meeting Sheila was one of the most special moments in my life, so to finally get the chance to recreate this moment in a place that holds so many special memories for us both means a lot.

“Without each other there’s nothing. I wouldn’t be without her for five minutes.”

Sheila, who lives at home visits David at Jesmond Care Home every day, often joining in with meals, events and social gatherings at the Bridge of Don residency. She said: “We didn’t know what a badge was going to do for us that day. And here we are, 68 years later, getting to do it all again.

“We can’t really dance, but we can shuffle about.”