The magic of Savoy Ballroom lives on 63 years later

28 February 2018

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Having raised a family and lived in the United States of America and Holland, Peter (84) and Monica (82) Peursum have returned to Southsea - to the very spot where their life together began, more than 63 years ago.

The couple first met at the iconic Southsea Ballroom in 1953 – a building which is now enjoying a new lease of life, having being transformed into a McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living Plus development, Tudor Rose Court

Having met when Peter was stationed to the area to complete his national service in the Dutch Navy, the couple had a whirlwind romance and decided to get married so they could stay in the country together.

Peter said: “I would go to the Savoy Ballroom every Friday and Saturday evening; and one night I had the pleasure of dancing with Monica.”

The couple, who now have three children and seven grandchildren, have been on quite a journey together, having also lived in America and Holland for a number of years. Mr and Mrs Peursum eventually moved back to the UK and settled down.  

Mr and Mrs Peursum decided to move back to Southsea, which is when they heard about McCarthy and Stone’s Tudor Rose Court, situated on the seafront. Designed for the over 70s, the Retirement Living Plus development is perfect for those who want to own their property, with the added  advantage of access to a little extra support required and all the benefits of living in a community of like-minded individuals.

“We’re so happy to now be settled into our stunning apartment and we feel truly blessed with the life that we’ve had together. We have enjoyed every minute – which is why it feels extra special as we are back to the exact place where it all began for us!”

Mr and Mrs Peursum are making the most of the thriving social community that has formed at Tudor Rose Court. “The staff and homeowners at the development are all wonderful and we enjoy being part of an active community,” Peter explained. “We like to get involved in as many activities as possible, including gala evenings, the Valentine’s Day tea dance and weekly organised walks to the pier.”

Georgina Akers, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone South East, said: “It's an incredibly rewarding part of our job when we hear how happy our homeowners are, so it's great to hear that Mr and Mrs Peursum are enjoying their new surroundings and are feeling at home at Tudor Rose Court. It is obviously a very special place for them, and Southsea holds many lovely memories for the couple.

McCarthy and Stone aims to help retirees stay independent for longer and make the most of their retirement, which Mr and Mrs Peursum certainly demonstrate. For them, Retirement Living Plus is the perfect solution, as it offers the independence of home ownership combined with the opportunity to benefit from companionship and support when desired.”

Tudor Rose Court comprises a selection of 66 one and two-bedroom Retirement Living Plus apartments, exclusively designed for people aged 70 and over. Facilities at the development include a homeowners' lounge and bistro restaurant, ideal for socialising with friends, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a convenient guest suite should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay.

Whether homeowners require help with chores such as housework or laundry, or just an extra pair of hands, support packages are tailored to individual needs. A fully equipped bistro restaurant provides freshly prepared meals daily if homeowners don’t wish to cook in their apartments; and 24-hour emergency call points provide added peace-of-mind for both homeowners and their families. 

To find out more information about the development, please call 0800 201 4811 or click here.

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