Couple’s surprise anniversary party

Northumberland County Councils new civic head Alan Sambrook congratulates Ted and Pat Scougall on their 65th wedding anniversary. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Northumberland County Councils new civic head Alan Sambrook congratulates Ted and Pat Scougall on their 65th wedding anniversary. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A Bedlington resident received a pleasant surprise when she went to see her husband on a significant day for the couple.

Pat Scougall regularly goes along to Chester Court in the town to spend time with Ted, who is a resident at the care home, and it was the day of their 65th wedding anniversary 10 days ago.

When she arrived, she was shocked to see one of the public rooms decorated with rose petals, hearts, flowers and Happy Anniversary banners.

The staff also baked a cake and gave them a bottle of champagne to celebrate and Northumberland County Council’s new civic head Alan Sambrook was there to congratulate them.

Pat, nee Elliott, lived in Lynemouth and Ted lived on a farm near Ellington when they met at a dance in Ellington village. They got married on May 5, 1951, at St Aidan’s Church in Lynemouth.

Ted worked on farms and the couple lived at Blakemore Farm, Cresswell, and at Eglingham near Alnwick, Elrington near Haydon Bridge and Hebron near Morpeth before moving to Ashington then Bedlington more recently.

They have two daughters, Ann and Joan, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ted, who turns 90 in September, has Parkinson’s disease and has lived in the care home since March 2015.

Pat, aged 86, said: “It was a lovely surprise and a lovely day and it was good to meet Coun Sambrook, he’s a very nice man.

“Ted is very well looked after at Chester Court, which is a happy and cheerful place.”

Pam Towers, general manager at the Barchester Healthcare-run care home, said: “It was a pleasure to celebrate Ted and Pat’s 65th wedding anniversary at Chester Court with staff and residents.

“They are a lovely couple and we wish them many more.”