Jack Brummit, 99, and Gladys Holmes, 96, have been friends for more than 60 years. The pair live a few doors down from each other at Metlifecare’s Palmerston North retirement village
67 Years of Friendship
Even after 67 years of friendship, Gladys Holmes and Jack Brummit can’t get away from each other.
Ever since Brummit and Holmes’ late husband George met when they signed up for six years in the New Zealand Air Force in London in 1952, the two families have been almost inseparable. Eileen Brummit and Holmes met soon after and quickly became good friends.
Sixty-seven years after they met, Gladys Holmes, 96, and Jack Brummit, 99, have ended up living a few doors down from each other at Metlifecare retirement village in Palmerston North.
Jack Brummit, who will turn 100 in December, said his and Gladys Holmes’ shared sense of humour and easy-going nature made it easy to stay friends for so long.
The Brummit and Holmes families have always lived close together, in Ōhakea, Bulls and Palmerston North, ever since the families moved from England in the early 1950s.
The pair are both fans of music – Jack Brummit is a fan of playing country and Western music, while Gladys Hollmes enjoys dancing along. They also used to sing in a choir together.
Although George Holmes retired from the air force in 1975 and died in the same year, Eileen Brummit lived in the village with her husband until she died in 2016. Eileen Brummit and Gladys Holmes used to sing and do dance routines at the senior citizens club, village social co-ordinator Raewyn Clayden said.
She said Jack Brummit and Gladys Holmes were are always together at social events and she had never seen them argue. The longevity of their friendship was unprecedented in the retirement village.
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