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Tears of joy as lovers reunite in nursing home after 100 days apart

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After 100 days apart due to restrictions and their own recoveries, George and Joyce Bell, 89 and 87 respectively, were reunited at the care home last week

At the couple’s reunion, George told his wife he would never leave [her] again for the rest of his life ‘

An elderly married couple shed tears after being reunited in a nursing home, after 100 days apart due to restrictions and health concerns.

George and Joyce Bell were admitted to hospital separately due to health concerns, before going to Tollesby Hall Care Home, Middlesbrough, to recover.

After 100 days apart due to restrictions and their own recoveries, the couple were reunited at the care home last week.

Talk to Teesside Live, Joyce said, “I can’t tell you how nice it was. I told him that I would always be there for him no matter what. ”

“He hugged me tight and said he would never leave me for the rest of his life.”

Joyce, now 87, and George, 89, grew up in Middlesbrough and lived next door to each other.








George and Joyce were married 66 years ago when she was 21 and he was 23
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Tollesby Hall Nursing Home)




“My mom called him ‘The Big Idiot on the Motorcycle’,” Joyce said.

“I admired him from afar. He made everyone call him George, he didn’t like Mr. Bell, he didn’t like stories.

George always played tricks on people, she said, but went out of his way to help anyone he could.

They married 66 years ago, when Joyce was 21 and George 23 at the old St Cuthbert Church on Newport Road – which is no longer there.

Asked about the secret to a long marriage, Joyce said, “Let them make their own way.”

She also said that sometimes you have to “put your foot down”.

“You have to do it, with George,” she added.

After his national service early in their marriage, George was an electrician, an armature winder, whom he loved, and he made life-size engine models as a hobby.

Joyce worked as a mobile window dresser and toured all the major towns in the region to create the storefronts.

When she turned 65, she didn’t want to retire because she loved him so much.








The couple were reunited at Tollesby Hall Care Home
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Tollesby Hall Nursing Home)




For their Ruby wedding anniversary, George bought Joyce a beautiful ring that she will always cherish.

Before being admitted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in June, they lived in a bungalow in Marton.

“I made him make a promise to me,” Joyce said. “I told him that if he ends up going into a house, I won’t go into one.”

But now that they are in the nursing home to recuperate, the couple are both happy with the way they are being looked after.

Joyce is recovering well from her broken hip and the staff take her downstairs to visit George every day.

Rachel White, from activities at Tollesby Hall Care Home, said: “With the support of the team here in Tollesby, we have been able to reunite George and his wife again.




“When Joyce arrived here at Tollesby Hall, we said her husband would come soon after.

“She was so excited and nervous she couldn’t sleep she told the staff she felt like a young girl again.

“It was very emotional when we first brought them together, not just for them but for the whole team here in Tollesby who look after them.

“It was such a heartwarming time to be a part and moved many of us to tears.

“With the support of the team here in Tollesby, we are looking to bring them back to their home where they can return to their lives together to continue their fairy tale.”


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