Couple’s 55th visit to same hotel!

Date: Friday 3rd May 2013
Toasting Iris and Geoff Wyle (front) on their 70th wedding anniversary are (left to right) Tracey Devine, Mike Hewitt, Mike and Angela Dunbobbin (owners), Grahame Devine and Geoff Gordon.
Toasting Iris and Geoff Wyle (front) on their 70th wedding anniversary are (left to right) Tracey Devine, Mike Hewitt, Mike and Angela Dunbobbin (owners), Grahame Devine and Geoff Gordon.

A COUPLE combined their 55th visit to the Appleby Manor Hotel with acelebration to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

Geoff Wyle, aged 92, and 90-year-old Iris, of Stourbridge, West Midlands, said it was the relaxing atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff which keeps them coming back to the hotel owned by Mike and Angela Dunbobbin.

As the hotel’s longest staying guests, the couple were given star treatment on the occasion of their platinum anniversary, complete with flowers, cake andchampagne.

Mrs. Wyle and her husband, who worked as a pipe designer for the gas board before he retired, said: “We always say we are going to see our other family when we come up here.”

Mr. and Mrs. Dunbobbin, who bought the hotel in 2000 from Nick and Rachel Swinscoe, said: “We are always pleased to see Geoff and Iris. They have become like part of the family and they are veryspecial guests to us.

“They seem to consider the Manor their second home and some of our staff have known them since they first startedcoming to Appleby Manor in 1990 and we always make a fuss of them. It’s always a pleasure to have them here.”

Grahame Devine, who has worked at the hotel on and off since November, 1987, has known Mr. and Mrs. Wyle since their first visit. Over the past 23 years, they have stayed at Appleby Manor three or four times each year. “They’re a lovely couple,” said Mr. Devine.