Brian was a Sailor on board HMS Jamaica. One day it docked in Sunderland. On shore leave, Brian spotted a local girl - Pat. Romance blossomed and the distance between Plymouth and Sunderland was bridged with the many letters they sent over two years, snatched visits and occasional weekends. Brian proposed and they were married.
Brian sailed the seas, whilst Pat remained at home. Her hands full - being blessed with two children, waiting for the day that finally dawned and Brian was demobbed. Settling as a Postman, Ambulance Driver and even joining the army reserve. But the sea was in his blood, and so he re-joined the navy, eventually retiring from active duty and working at Newcastle Airport.
Retiring together, with the children all grown up, they travelled the world together, seeing many of the places Brian had visited in Service, also spending time with their Grandchildren.
Pat was diagnosed with Alzheimers and had to be taken into Care. She began a new chapter of her life with HC-One last year, settled in quickly and is looked after by everyone.
By complete co-incidence outside her door, in the passage, hangs a picture of a ship, the HMS Jamaica. The ship that brought Brian and Pat together.