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Honeymoon drama for couple Mary and Harold

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

15/02/14 Harold and Mary's wedding, with 100-year -old Elsie as maid of homour - Swad, Swad Wedding of Harold Gough and Mary Shingler....

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AN elderly couple who wed earlier this year after finding love in a residential home have missed out on their dream honeymoon.

Harold Gough and Mary Shingler were all set to head off on a three-week cruise from Southampton, which would have taken them to Spain and Gibraltar.

However, they were faced with bitter disappointment when they realised that, upon arriving in Southampton, that instead of picking up both of their passports Mary had instead picked up two of her own.

The couple, who married at Swadlincote Register Office in February, missed the boat – despite Mary’s grandson rushing the passport to them.

She said: “We went down to Southampton and spent four days down there.

“I took two of my passports instead of Harold’s. My grandson came with the passport but it was too late. We hoped we could catch it in Spain but the doctor said I couldn’t fly because of my heart.”

The cruise left without the couple, who met at Oaklands Village Care Home, but their luggage had already been loaded onto the boat.

Luckily P&O, the company they booked the trip with, sent the luggage back via courier.

The company has also agreed that the pair can take the trip at a later date, at no extra cost.

They are not sure when they will finally take their honeymoon, as Mary has been suffering from pneumonia and is due to have a heart operation.

She said they were still looking forward to going on the cruise, which will include swimming with dolphins.

Harold, 79, and Mary, 80, got engaged a month after meeting. They were introduced by their friend and centenarian Elsie Payne, who was maid of honour at the wedding. The union was Mary’s third marriage and Harold’s first.

Mary previously told the Mail: “Elsie says it was her that first got us together. Harold always looked so lonely so she introduced me to him and we have both never been so happy.”

Mary used to work at the Civic Offices in Swadlincote, while Harold worked at William Allitt School for 20 years.

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