Colin’s per­se­ver­ance led to a life of wed­ded bliss

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Nick Lil­li­tos nlil­li­tos@thek­m­group.co.uk

BLIND Colin Palmer rang his girl­friend vir­tu­ally ev­ery night ask­ing her to marry him and when she fi­nally said ‘yes’ he thought he must have di­alled the wrong num­ber.

Now as Colin and his wife Co­rale, of York Road, Ken­ning­ton, cel­e­brate their 50th an­niver­sary they proudly look back on a suc­cess­ful mar­riage.

“She’s a won­der­ful woman, the foun­tain of my life,” said 72year-old Colin. “As soon as I heard her voice for the first time in the vis­i­tor’s room of the old Ash­ford Hos­pi­tal, I said ‘I’m go­ing to marry her’.”

Back in 1958 Co­rale was a res­i­dent nurse at the hos­pi­tal and Colin would some­times ac­com­pany his brother Terry who was dat­ing a nurse also liv­ing there.

It was on one of those vis­its that blind Colin heard Co­rale’s voice when she popped round to the room to ask a fel­low nurse if she had any soap pow­der.

Co­rale said: “Colin was then 20 and I was 23. Within 10 days of meet­ing me he asked me to marry him and I re­fused. “We did how­ever see each other reg­u­larly for some 18 months and ev­ery night he would ask me to marry him over the phone as I an­swered it. When I fi­nally said yes he thought he had the wrong num­ber.

“The thing I liked most about him was the way he expressed his love for me. Also I loved him for his re­mark­able courage and at­ti­tude to life, trav­el­ling up and down to London ev­ery day where he ini­tially worked as a civil ser­vant.”

Later Colin started up his own busi­ness with Co­rale which looked af­ter the el­derly by vis­it­ing them in their own homes. It was so suc­cess­ful it op­er­ated all over Lan­cashire with some 250 staff.

The cou­ple, who have two chil­dren, Claire, 46, and Ke­iron, 48, have just re­turned from a 36,000 mile world cruise vis­it­ing 32 coun­tries.

“When I turned blind at 15, peo­ple of that time used to think blind peo­ple were thick and sat in chairs all day,” said Colin. “I was de­ter­mined to be a suc­cess and find­ing Co­rale was the best thing of all.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1704957

The cou­ple cel­e­brat­ing their golden wed­ding an­niver­sary

Colin and Co­rale Palmer on their wed­ding day in 1960 at Willes­bor­ough church

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