Couple with 40-year age gap say their love is as strong as ever

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Edna Martin, 83, spends her evenings cuddling husband Simon, 44, on the sofa “like a couple of kids”. They are also unfazed by public displays of affection as they don’t care what strangers think.

Edna, who has a great-grandchild and four grandchildren, is determined to prove the doubters wrong.

She said: “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.”

Simon, who suffers with dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s syndrome, had never had a relationship before meeting Edna in 2003, reports Hull Live.

The engineer, who is an excellent organist, charmed the mum of four with his music skills and they wed in 2009.

Edna, who lives with Simon in Weston-super-mare, Somerset, said: “We’ll often stop in the street and have a damn good kiss – I’ve never felt conscious of the age gap in public.

“We are still intimate in the bedroom as much as any couple in love.

“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, a retired engineer who later became secretary for a local theatre organ club, denies ever wanting a naive toyboy.

But Simon, who at just over 5ft tall is shorter than Edna, said it was “love at first sight” when they met in Weston-super-Mare.

Their first kiss in 2003 was on the famous pier.

Edna, who attended grammar school and worked as a civil engineer until retiring in her 60s, has two children from a previous 37-year marriage.

Recalling how she met Simon, 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.

“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.”

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