Potters Bar couple reunited after being separated in hospitals

Marjorie and Kenneth back together again.

Marjorie and Kenneth back together again.


An elderly Potters Bar couple were reunited just in time for their 64th anniversary after they were separated in different hospitals.

Marjorie and Kenneth on their wedding day. Marjorie and Kenneth on their wedding day.

Marjorie and Kenneth Southam, both aged 90, were torn apart when they ended up in different hospitals while desperately worrying and missing one another.

Kenneth recently underwent a hernia operation at Barnet Hospital and at the same time Marjorie became very poorly and was rushed to Potters Bar Community Hospital.

Staff from Cuffley Manor, where the couple now reside, worked hard to reunite the loving pair.

Shani Riley, Cuffley Manor’s community development manager, said: “We worked really hard with the discharge teams at the hospitals to bring them back together and it was just in time for their special anniversary.

“It wasn’t easy and took a lot of coordinating as Ken needed district nurse visits so this had to be in place before we could get them back together.”

The pair, who just recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, met at the age of 16 in Birmingham while queuing for a shilling lunch and married 10 years later in 1953 on August 29.

Their wedding, an intimate and average sized affair, was full of family and close friends and although it poured with rain it didn’t dampen the occasion.

Marjorie, who wore a white dress with netting lace detail, had two bridesmaids and Kenneth proudly had his brother as his best man.

Marjorie’s brother, Stewart, played photographer for the day and the wedding cake was a fruit cake that had one tier.

Kenneth’s parents happily approved of the marriage as did Marjorie’s and on the big day Marjorie’s dad gave her away.

After the wedding, they travelled to London on the dining train and stayed at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch for the first night of their honeymoon.

The pair then went to the Isle of Wight and spent a week there.

After they got married they bought their first house together in Potters Bar, and then moved to a second home in the same area and have lived there for more than 50 years.

Recently the couple came to Cuffley Manor Care Home where the team celebrated their wedding anniversary with them.

Kenneth added: “For a long marriage you have to be able to tolerate one another and be patient. Don’t just simply get divorced.”

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