When Kay's friend suggested she meet a new friend she’d made, Kay was convinced she'd be bored within half an hour. Thirty-seven years later they're still enjoying married life!
Kay and Harry met in the late 1970s when they had both joined RAF Uxbridge Theatre Club. He was a medic in the RAF and volunteering as a set builder. Kay was treading the boards but it was their love which took centre stage.
They married two and a half years later on 9 February – the closest date they could get to Valentine's Day!
Harry enjoyed a 30-year career in the RAF before he retired. But that wasn’t the end of the couple’s association with the RAF. A chance meeting at the RAF Benevolent Fund’s respite care home Princess Marina House led to a second career as club managers.
Harry had bumped into his former boss at the home when he and Kay were collecting her parents. Kay’s father served as an armourer in Egypt during the Second World War and the couple enjoyed their breaks at the seaside. Eleven years later Kay and Harry retired for good but they just couldn’t say goodbye to Princess Marina House.
They have been part of the Friends of Princess Marina House, a support group they founded, ever since and enjoy entertaining the guests with bingo nights, craft events and quizzes.
Kay, now 76, said: "There is a very good atmosphere at Princess Marina House. All the guests have something in common as they all have that connection with the RAF. Some of those people are very lonely people and when they get together somewhere like Princess Marina House they can talk about their shared experiences."