Meet the couple with a 40-year age gap who have defied all odds to celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary.
Edna Martin, 87, and Simon Martin, 47, met when she was 69 and he was 31, at a concert and say it was “love at first sight.”
The besotted couple from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in southern England, U.K. still don’t care what strangers think. They celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary recently by dining at a local fish-and-chips restaurant, and exchanged romantic gifts.
They said they owe their successful marriage to treating each other with affection and going out on adventures every day. The pair say they have lasted so long together that they no longer get strange looks and comments in their local community, and say everyone accepts their relationship.
Simon Martin said: “We still go out together and walk hand-in-hand on our wheelers because we both struggle with our mobility.
“We have actually inspired other people in age-gap relationships to take the next step and get married. Our friends and acquaintances have always been happy for us, but of course, we just ignore any weird looks and comments.
“Love is love and everyone should ignore what anyone else says. Age is a state of mind, if you feel old, you are old.”
Edna Martin, a grandmother of four, bought her husband a torque bracelet and her husband, in turn, gifted her a pair of earrings with crystals.
Edna Martin, a retired engineer, said: “We are still very much in love and keep our relationship alive through our little adventures.”
They say they fell in love “at first sight” at a concert 18 years ago and haven’t been able to keep their hands off each other ever since. Edna Martin’s son is 57 and her grandchildren are older than Simon, but nobody takes any notice, according to the pair.
Simon Martin is a retired organist but continues to woo his wife with his musical prowess.
Before moving in together, Simon Martin, who had never had a girlfriend before, lived in Birmingham, in England’s West Midlands region. They had to be long-distance lovers initially, but couldn’t bear to be apart, so moved in together after a few weeks.
Simon Martin’s family took some time to adjust to the age gap, but as soon as they saw how happy their son was, they didn’t care, he said. Edna Martin’s family have always been supportive and watched the couple wed on July 8, 2005.
Edna Martin said: “My daughter made our wedding cake and my son gave me away.
“He said at the wedding reception: “I’ve been wanting to give my mother away all my life and this is the day for it.” My son is 57. My grandchildren are older than Simon, but nobody takes any notice.
“The people where we live are very warm and friendly—they’re not very judgmental, not that it’s anyone’s business. The pair never shy away from public displays of affection and find it hard to keep their hands off each other.”
Edna Martin said: “When you love each other as much as Simon and I, it’s reasonably impossible to keep your hands off each other—let alone other bits of your anatomy.
“We often have a little kiss in the supermarket queue or pinch each other’s bums.
Simon Martin added: “We’re very lucky we still enjoy a marvelous physical relationship.
“It’s really wonderful that we can express our love publicly—not for other people, but for ourselves. It’s very rare to see a couple of any age giving each other a loving peck or showing their affection.”
Produced in association with SWNS.
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