Heartwarming couple separated by lockdown celebrate emotional anniversary reunion thanks to Leeds care home

A couple who have been married for more than 60 years but separated since lockdown had an emotional reunion thanks to the efforts of a Leeds care home.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 12:37 pm
Updated Friday, 7th August 2020, 12:47 pm

Tony Paddy was unable to see wife Dee for months after Covid-19 restrictions stopped him from visiting her at Headingley Hall, which she moved into in January.

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Tony, who spent seven years in the army, including the Household Cavalry, said: "It was emotional, as you can imagine.

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Tony and Dee Paddy with their son Kenwyn and his wife Kate.

"There were a few tears - not many- and lots of laughter."

Dee has Alzheimer's, but is still able to recall many of the happy memories the couple have created throughout their marriage.

"She still has her sense of humour and is able to put people in their place if need be," Tony joked.

"It was a complete surprise," he added. "The home knew I was coming, of course, and they laid out the most beautiful table with flowers in their lovely garden.

Dee Paddy was delighted to see husband Tony.

"They have been absolutely fantastic."

Tony was joined on the day by son Kenwyn and his wife Kate, who live in Headingley.

He and Dee also have a daughter, Dorinda, who lives in New Zealand.

Kenwyn said: "He has missed Dee terribly during lockdown, but he has been very resilient and done the right thing.

Headingley Hall, run by Westward Care, put on a spread for the couple.

"He was very happy to see her. The care home have been amazing - they can't do enough for Dee and she is very happy there".

Tony is originally from Truro in Cornwall, and Dee from Chelsea in London.

They met at a dance in Chelsea when Tony was stationed at the nearby barracks.

Tony said he spotted Dee and performed a 'gentleman's excuse me' in order to dance with her.

Decorations for the anniversary celebration.

"You would go up and tap them on the shoulder and say 'excuse me' and he was then bound to relinquish," said Tony. "She looked beautiful in her yellow dress."

Tony went on to join the police once the couple married and they moved to Oxfordshire.

He is hoping to move to Leeds, as soon as coronavirus allows, to be closer to his wife and son.