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A couple with a 40-year-age gap celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary

A couple with a 40-year-age gap have defied all the odds and recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary.

Edna Martin, 87, and Simon Martin, 47, from Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, met when she was 69 and he was 31, at a concert and say it was ‘love at first sight’.

The besotted duo celebrated 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.

Edna Martin, 87, and Simon Martin, 47, from Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, have defied all the odds and recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary

The pair say they have lasted so long together they no longer get strange looks and comments in their local community, and say everyone accepts their relationship.

Simon 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.

The couple, who have a 40-year-age gap, met when she was 69 and he was 31, at a concert and say it was 'love at first sight' (Pictured in 2006)

 The couple, who have a 40-year-age gap, met when she was 69 and he was 31, at a concert and say it was ‘love at first sight’ (Pictured in 2006)

Tying the knot: Edna's family have always been supportive and watched the couple wed on July 8, 2005

Tying the knot: Edna’s family have always been supportive and watched the couple wed on July 8, 2005

The pair beamed as they posed in front of an organ, which Simon plays,  on their wedding day

The pair beamed as they posed in front of an organ, which Simon plays,  on their wedding day 

‘Love is love and everyone should ignore what anyone else says. Age is a state of mind, if you feel old, you are old.’

The grandmother-of-four bought Simon a torque bracelet and Simon got Edna some earrings with crystals.

Edna, a retired engineer, said: ‘We are still very much in love and keep our relationship alive through our little adventures.’

The age-gap lovers 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 said her daughter made their wedding cake and her son gave her away on their wedding day

Edna said her daughter made their wedding cake and her son gave her away on their wedding day 

Music: Simon is a talented retired organist but he continues to woo Edna with his musical prowess

Music: Simon is a talented retired organist but he continues to woo Edna with his musical prowess

They both share a passion for organ music and even though Simon is retired he still plays at home

They both share a passion for organ music and even though Simon is retired he still plays at home 

Edna’s son is 57 and her grandchildren are older than Simon but nobody takes any notice.

Simon is a retired organist but continues to woo Edna with his musical prowess.

Before moving in together, Simon who had never had a girlfriend before, lived in Birmingham, the West Midlands.

They had to be long-distance lovers but couldn’t bear to be apart so moved in together after a few weeks later.

Simon’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.

Simon'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

Simon’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

The pair never shy away from public displays of affection and find it hard to keep their hands off each other

The pair never shy away from public displays of affection and find it hard to keep their hands off each other

Edna’s family have always been supportive and watched the couple wed on July 8, 2005.

Edna 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 more the age that Simon is, 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.’

Love: Edna's children are the same age as her husband but she said nobody seems to mind anymore

Love: Edna’s children are the same age as her husband but she said nobody seems to mind anymore 

Before moving in together, Simon who had never had a girlfriend before, lived in Birmingham, the West Midlands

Before moving in together, Simon who had never had a girlfriend before, lived in Birmingham, the West Midlands

They had to be long-distance lovers but couldn't bare to be apart so moved in together after a few weeks later

They had to be long-distance lovers but couldn’t bare to be apart so moved in together after a few weeks later

The age-gap lovers 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

The age-gap lovers 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

The pair never shy away from public displays of affection and find it hard to keep their hands off each other.

Edna 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 added: ‘We’re very lucky we still enjoy a marvellous 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.’

Edna said It's wonderful that they can express their love publicly - not for other people, but for themselves

Edna said It’s wonderful that they can express their love publicly – not for other people, but for themselves 

Edna said when you love each other as much as she and Simon, she admitted it's reasonably impossible

Edna said when you love each other as much as she and Simon, she admitted it’s reasonably impossible 

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