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Wedding at Richmond Bede Village

16 August 2014

The marriage of Anthony Booth and Margaret Gomme, both residents at Richmond Bede Village, Bedworth.

Love has blossomed between two widowers in their mid-70s, who met at a retirement complex and are now husband and wife.

Tony Booth and Margaret Gomme tied the knot in a wedding ceremony on Tuesday at Bedworth Methodist Church – with both declaring: “We could not be happier.”

Their joy was shared by family and friends, plus fellow residents and staff of Richmond Bede Village, where the wheelchair-using couple unexpectedly found romance

“We knew each other to speak to and one day I noticed that Margaret seemed a bit upset so I consoled her. Something then clicked between us,” said Tony, a 73-year-old retired executive engineer with BT. “That was only last October but our friendship just grew from there.

“I now count myself very lucky to have been given a second chance of finding love.”

Tony, who originally hails from Derbyshire, moved to Bede Village eight years ago with his disabled wife Lillian. They were married for 49 years and 10 months before she died in in 2011.

He says that being in a relationship again “feels wonderful” and has given him a new lease of life.

“At first I thought I was having a brainstorm and now people just think we are both crackers,” he added. “It was Margaret’s idea to get married and I agreed straightaway. I had actually been trying to pluck up the courage to pop the question myself.”

The marriage of Anthony Booth and Margaret Gomme, both residents at Richmond Bede Village, Bedworth.

Born in Hertfordshire, Margaret was wed for 39 years to accountant Keith, who sadly died in 2002. She lived for a while on her own in South Staffordshire and with one of her three daughters in Napton before taking up residence at Bede.

“I never thought I would fall in love again,” said the 74-year-old grandmother of three boys and two girls. “But it just seems so right. Tony makes me laugh and everyone has said how pleased they are for me.”

The proud couple, who both suffer from MS, sat side-by-side in their wheelchairs to exchange wedding vows at a service conducted by the Rev Carol Foyn. Margaret was “given away” by daughters Carol, Frances and Deborah, while Tony’s cousin Jane Weston acted as his “best man”.

A champagne reception took place in a marquee at Bede Village. Activities manager Louise Smith said: “This is the first marriage we’ve had between two people living here and it’s been lovely.”

Story courtesy of the Coventry Telegraph

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