Love is finally in the air after 60 years apart

12 February 2014

Bill and Beryl McCarthy and Stone

Six decades after first meeting during a chance encounter at a party, childhood sweethearts Bill and Beryl Haigh, have finally made their partnership official, tying the knot in an intimate ceremony after their love began to blossom once again in their later years. 

Although their lives had taken them in very different directions following their first courtship, the close bond of friendship always remained strong between Bill and Beryl, and the relationship was eventually cemented when they decided to move in together at McCarthy & Stone’s Wingfield Court in Sherborne two years ago.

Beryl (78) said: “I first met Bill when we were both 17 at a party and we struck up a friendship quite quickly. We went on the odd date but he had girlfriends and I had boyfriends, however we always kept in touch as friends. Eventually our careers led us to places, and while I chose to stay in Manchester, Bill moved away to join the Merchant Navy.

“We both married other people during this time, but stayed in touch as friends throughout. We’d even occasionally have chance to meet up as Bill would often come to Manchester as he had relatives in the area, but he eventually settled in Bristol.”

It then wasn’t until nearly 50 years after they first met they decided it was time for them to be together permanently. Beryl added: “We began seeing each other on a more regular basis and we took it from there. In time, we decided to move to Devon as it’s somewhere we’d always loved and we’d had 12 happy years together before we decided we wanted to get married, which we actually did last month, after all these years!

“It was a small and intimate ceremony, but it felt really momentous after it took us such a long time to get here. There were a lot of missed opportunities for us but now the time was just right and we’re all the better for it. All our family and friends are very happy for us and they are pleased to see us settled down now, especially my friends who have known how long Bill and I have been in each other’s lives.”

Just two years ago Beryl and Bill decided to make the move from their home to McCarthy & Stone’s Wingfield Court in Sherborne through the developer’s popular Part Exchange scheme. Beryl comments: “The service was very good and we’re really pleased with the area that we have moved to, there is a lot to do in Sherborne, we really enjoy living here.

“Everyone at Wingfield Court is so friendly and last week the house manager and some of the other homeowners put on a celebration for me and Bill to congratulate us on the wedding. It was lovely.”

Beryl had some parting words of wisdom for any youngsters out there still searching for the one: “I do sometimes think there has been time wasted but circumstances never allowed for us to be together, but now we couldn’t be happier. You have to have faith and if you think it’s going to happen it will eventually, you just have to be patient and time will allow when it’s right.”

Wingfield Court is an exclusive collection of 38 privately owned Retirement Living retirement apartments, located on Lenthay Road, Sherborne. Designed especially for Retirement Living, a retirement apartment at Wingfield Court offers the independence of retaining home ownership while living in a property specifically designed for the over 55s.

Facilities include a homeowners’ lounge, guest suite, laundry room and a lift. A dedicated house manager ensures the smooth running of the development. There is also a security entrance system plus 24-hour emergency call points to provide peace of mind for both purchasers and their families. All properties are low maintenance and energy efficient.

In addition to offering age exclusive apartments, the retirement property developer also provides a range of financial services, including a pension annuity service, equity release, legal services and guaranteed funeral plans.

For further information and to view the remaining apartments, please call McCarthy & Stone on 0800 201 4742 to make an appointment.  Alternatively, log on to




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