19th Nov, 2017

Kind-hearted Alcester couple celebrate 60 years of marriage

Stratford Editorial 7th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A KIND-HEARTED Alcester couple celebrating their diamond anniversary have asked for family and friends to donate to Parkinsons UK instead of buying them gifts.

Margaret and Eric Portman marked their 60th year of marriage on Saturday and requested contributions toward research into the disease, which has affected Eric.

The 89-year-old met his wife at dance in Bromsgrove and the two had a traditional church wedding in Leamington, where Margaret is from, before starting their lives together in Alcester.

Margaret is ten years youngster than Eric but still feels she is the lucky one.

She told The Observer: “He is just a wonderful man. I am very lucky to have him.

“Anything I want, he gives me. If I want something and we have the money there is no question he just tells me to get it – he has been a wonderful husband.

“The Parkinsons has affected his social life. He used to go out a lot more but he can no longer drive so I take him to the numerous clubs he is part of.

“We are quite lucky because he manages brilliantly well and there others who are completely housebound, which is why we wanted to get donations for the charity.”

The couple were joined by their two children, Jayne and Richard, along with their three grandchildren for the celebration.

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