AN OAP, 83, says she and her husband, 40 years her junior, have a full sex life despite the vast age gap.
Edna Martin and toyboy Simon, 44, are still madly in love 14 years after getting married.
Edna Martin, 83, and her toyboy husband Simon, 44[/caption]
They met in 2003 at a concert and it was love at first sight, Simon says[/caption]
They are still going strong after 14 years of marriage[/caption]
The pensioner, from Weston-super-Mare, revealed: “We are still intimate in the bedroom as much as any couple in love.
“We’ll often stop in the street and have a damn good kiss – I’ve never felt conscious of the age gap in public.
“I kiss Simon’s neck and pinch his bum in the supermarket – he will twang the back of my bra in the queue.
“We just do what two people in love do.”
The pair met in 2003, with Simon – who had never had a girlfriend before – saying it was love at first sight when he saw the retired engineer.
He said: “It was a concert at the Odeon in Weston which had started by the time I’d arrived so I went around to the emergency exit.
“Ed opened the door and it was love at first sight.
“She was standing there in a nice, black suit and she opened her arms.
“We literally fell into each other’s arms. I thought to myself ‘She’s a bit of alright’.”
We’ll often stop in the street and have a damn good kiss – I’ve never felt conscious of the age gap in public.
When their unlikely relationship made headlines in 2005 it was suggested the great-gran was looking for a naive toyboy.
But 14 years on after getting married they have since renewed their wedding vows and say they continue to spend their evenings cuddling up on the soda “like a couple of kids”.
Their happy marriage is set to feature in a Channel 5 documentary Age Gap Love: Did It Last? at 10pm this evening.
Simon, an excellent organist, is regarded a musical genius in local circles. He continues to charm Edna playing her favourite song ‘Goodnight, sweetheart’ on the organ.
He regularly toured the country before type two diabetes and a kidney transplant forced him into retirement.
Simon, who suffers with dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s syndrome, can listen to a tune once before he could play it off the top of his head.
STILL GOING STRONG
Edna, a grandmother-of-four, added: “We love each other more than before – the love has grown over the years, it’s absolutely wonderful.
“Simon has had his health problems and I’m getting older now, but do you know anyone who is getting younger?
“Simon had a kidney transplant four years ago and has been diagnosed with type two diabetes so I have to feed him right.
“I have a push along walking thing as I struggle with my mobility but as one gets older these things happen.
“We support and love each other – life couldn’t be better. Our love gets bigger and bigger all the time.”
Edna, who attended grammar school and worked as a civil engineer until retiring in her 60s, has children from a previous 37-year marriage.
Her children – Lorraine, 59, and Russell, 57 – have always been supportive of their relationship.
Russell, who shares a love of computers with Simon, even sends him cards on Father’s Day and “pulls his leg” by calling him dad.
Recalling how they met, Edna said: “We both share a passion for organ music and moved around in similar circles.
“I kept hearing about this ‘funny little man’ named Simon Martin and I thought our paths will have to cross at some point.
“Eventually we were introduced by a friend and after a polite chat I kissed him on the cheek.
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“Then he embraced me and I said to our mutual friend ‘He likes hugs, doesn’t he?’
“I thought at that moment ‘I don’t want to let him go?’
“Before we were together he would talk to me for five hours at night over the phone and when he came to stay he would play Goodnight, Sweetheart on the electronic organ every single night. I cried every time.”
Simon and Edna on their wedding day – they have now been married for 14 years[/caption]
They renewed the wedding vows at their home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in 2015[/caption]
The couple, who are madly in love 14 years after marrying, say their intimacy is as strong as ever despite Edna’s age[/caption]
Edna, a retired engineer who later became secretary for a local theatre organ club, met Simon in 2003[/caption]
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