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'Trust' and 'respect' are secrets to a good relationship, elderly couple who fell in love in retirement village say

Marion and Stuart Potter, who got married after falling in love in a retirement village. Credit: RichMcD Photography/St Monica Trust

An elderly couple who tied the knot just a year after falling head over heels for each other in their retirement village have said the secrets to a good relationship are “really having to trust one another and have respect for each other”.

Marion and Stuart Potter added that the key to love is about understanding each other and talking about everything.

The pair met at Cote Lane Residential Village in Bristol, going out for a coffee as their first date in July 2017.

The two soon became an item, and Mr Potter, 78, did not waste any time in proposing and popped the question on New Year’s Eve while they were on a boat in Madeira.

Less than six months later, the pair tied the knot, arriving at the church in an open top Morris Minor.

Marion and Stuart Potter got married after falling in love in a Bristol care home Credit: RichMcD Photography/St Monica Trust

Describing the first time they met, Mrs Potter, 81, said: “I looked at him, and my stomach flipped over and came up into my throat.

“We got together in July 2017 and got engaged on New Year’s Eve of 2017 on a ship in Madeira. It was so romantic."

Mr Potter added: “I asked her to marry me because she is very beautiful and I was in love with her.

“Meeting Marion for coffee was the best decision I have made, we had long conversations and joked together and it made me feel so happy to be with each other.

“I lost no time following our meeting to get serious.

“Amazingly we felt so much love for each other in a short space of time and on a cruise ship at midnight in the Port of Madeira we became engaged and within six months we were married.”

Six months after getting engaged, the pair married. Credit: RichMcD Photography/St Monica Trust

His wife said the secret to a good relationship was “really having to trust one another and have respect for each other”.

“It is about knowing that person and knowing how they are feeling by looking at them,” she said.

“We also talk a lot which is so important and sometimes we are still talking at 2am.

“We are so glad we have met each other. We don’t know how long we have got, so we are making the most of it.”

The couple live at the residential village which is run by St Monica Trust.

Meanwhile, a survey has revealed that a quarter of staff say their residents have fallen in love in a care home.