A COUPLE of childhood sweethearts exchanged anniversary wishes through a window after being kept apart by Covid.
Romantic Bill Moore has been visiting wife Barbara at Moorgate Hollow Care Home as often as restrictions have allowed during the pandemic but has not been allowed on the premises.
This meant the lovebirds, both aged 91, were separated by a pane of glass as they marked their sapphire anniversary.
The Moores first met aged just six when Bill became close friends with Barbara’s brothers.
He would visit Barbara’s family home every day. It wasn’t until they were in their late teens that the couple began to court, but they fell in love and married in 1956.
To celebrate their special anniversary, the care team showered Barbara with flowers and balloons and played her favourite tunes to dance along to.
Bill, of Brinsworth, visits Barbara three times a week for a chat through her bedroom window.
He attributes his long and happy marriage to unconditional love and always putting his wife first.
Bill said: “I want to wish Barbara a very happy 65th anniversary, I have loved her for many years and always will.
“We also want to thank Her Majesty the Queen for sending her best wishes.”
Lyn Pilkington, manager of Moorgate Hollow, said: “Everyone at Moorgate Hollow knows Bill and Barbara and their love story is an inspiration to us all.
“We enjoyed celebrating such a momentous occasion with the couple and we are looking forward to creating many more happy memories with them.”