Over the sound of a steel guitar, Neville and Phyllis Putt fell in love.
Now, the meaning behind the sound only registers with one of them.
“It’s all through the music really, that we got together,” Neville explained.
“We were in an orchestra together, and it all grew from there. We seemed to click together.”
The sounds don’t resonate with Phyllis anymore though, as 13 years ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Around five years ago the suggestion was made that Neville should put Phyllis, now 87, into a care facility. Staying true to his wedding vow of “in sickness and in health,” he refused.
“I didn’t want to put her into a home. We’ve always been together and I didn’t want to part with her. In the early stages you can pamper them and look after them. You don’t want to throw them away like an old slipper,” Neville said.