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The Tucks prove love conquers all – even dementia

Dilly and Bryan Tuck
Dilly and Bryan Tuck

A loving couple have renewed their wedding vows – 56 years after they first tied the knot.

Dilly met her future husband, Bryan Tuck, in 1957 while working as an au pair for a London family who lived in the same building as him.

A year later she returned to France, but it was not long before she realised that Bryan was the man for her.

He flew to St Malo to be with her and her family, and a year later they were engaged. They were married in October, 1960, and moved to Bury St Edmunds to build a life together.

Bryan, who has advanced dementia, moved to Risby Park Nursing Home in May last year to start receiving long-term support. Dilly visits him every day and helps staff with his care, as well as that of other residents.

Tania Sibbald, home manager, said the couple had become “well valued and loved members” of the home’s family.

“The bond they have between them is so strong it empowers everyone in our community, and it inspires us to love each other as a family rather than just a care home,” she said.

On Thursday, Risby Park helped Dilly and Bryan celebrate their love for each other by hosting a ceremony for them to renew their wedding vows.

Gerald Boughton and Risby Barns Past and Present lent them a suit and dress for the occasion.

Ms Sibbald said: “This week is Dementia Awareness Week and we believe this story reflects how important love and support is, no matter what life throws at you.”

More on dementia:

* Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe. * Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.

* Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, affecting 17 per cent of those diagnosed and mixed dementia, affecting 10 per cent of those diagnosed.

* Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.

* There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. This will soar to two million by 2051.


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