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Margaret and Derek Firth died in hospital last week but were able to see each other before they passed away.

The pair, both 91, were sweethearts since the age of 14.

Margaret and Derek were admitted to different hospitals but Derek was then transferred to Trafford General Hospital, Manchester, so they could be together.

Doctors feared Margaret didn't have long left to live.

Barbara Smith, their daughter, said when Derek finally joined his wife of 70 years, she asked him "Where've you been?"

"From then she seemed to get better, it seemed to give her a boost," Barbara told the M.E.N.

"It was quite a sad moment, but it was really lovely that they were both there together."

Derek sadly died on January 31, and Margaret passed away three days later.

Both were admitted for other health issues but later caught Covid-19.

Barbara said: "I got a call to say we're not happy with her, we think that she may go, would somebody like to visit.

"And of course, my dad jumped at the chance to go and see her in hospital.

"I think that is probably where he has contracted it, but to be honest he probably wouldn't have had it any other way.

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"There's no way he wasn't going to not go and see her."

The couple married in May 1950 and lived in Partington for most of their lives.

Margaret trained as a machinist and worked as a cleaner in a local school while Derek started out as a butcher and finished his working life as a storeman.

The pair had five kids, 11 grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Barbara said her mum was an 'avid' bingo player, and her dad enjoyed playing dominoes in pubs.

"They loved enjoying themselves and making the most of life," Barbara said.

Last year they celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary.

A date for their funeral has yet to be confirmed, but the family hope that it will be a joint ceremony.

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  • Coronavirus

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