The lovebirds in their 80s met on a dating site – highly recommended by Bride

The lovebirds in their 80s met on a dating site – highly recommended by Bride

Tricia and Ian at their Glendower Hotel wedding / SWNS

The geriatric lovebirds in their 80s tied the knot after falling for each other on an internet dating site.

Devastated Tricia Shaw, 85, admitted she was “shocked at first sight” when she went online to find her “playboy”, 82-year-old Ian.

Ian felt there was “something” in him and had to accept his date offer, and Tricia, who had previously met four potential suitors online, said she was left “wobbly in the knees” when she tucked into a fish for the first time. to have dinner with him.

The couple, who are now together, tied the knot in February after Ian was diagnosed with a heart condition and needed risky bypass surgery.

Tricia now believes more octogenarians should start dating online after the couple enjoyed a ‘magical’ wedding in front of 115 guests.

“I really recommend online dating because there are so many boxes to check before you meet,” said Tricia, who has worked part-time as a private investigator. “You can say that you have a lot in common.”

“The wedding was the most magical time of my life. Everything was fine and I couldn’t have imagined anything so wonderful.”

Great-grandmother-of-five Tricia, from Lancastershire, England, came across Ian’s profile after visiting dating platform Plenty More Fish seven years ago.

After losing her previous husband of 33 years, she joined the site and met a few men before messaging Ian, who had been married for 35 years and is originally from Glasgow.

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The relationship got off to a rocky start when Ian ignored her first message at the start of his seven-day walking holiday.

But he was intrigued when Tricia asked to “get in touch” and wrote again after finishing his tour.

Glasgow-born Ian arrived in a kilt – SWNS

“The message came just as I was getting on the train and I thought, ‘Well, it’s going to stay like this until I get home,'” Ian said. “But later I got a text from Tricia saying, ‘I can’t believe you haven’t been in touch.’ And I thought “this has something to do with it”.

“Tricia said it was love at first sight,” he said. The wedding meant everything to me.”

The loved-up couple moved in together 14 months later and planned to tie the knot at some point in the future.

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But when Ian received the news that he would need heart bypass surgery, they decided to go ahead with their wedding, which eventually took place on February 10 this year.

More than a hundred friends and family attended the wedding, where Tricia was presented by her son Timothy and grandson Henry.

“I don’t have a family, but Tricia has a huge family. They all came and lots of friends. In the end there were 115.”

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