Mr and Mrs Mooney

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

After a whirlwind romance, a retired couple from Kent spent Valentine’s Day together for the very first time as man and woman.

Peter and Viv Mooney found love at Homepine House, an independent care home in Folkestone, Kent.

Viv, 80, first moved into development in 2013, along with her late husband.

Peter, 77, a widower himself, first met Viv in the bar, after moving to the beachfront complex earlier in the year.

For Peter, that first meeting was all he needed to know he had met his match.

He said:

“I was just sitting there and Vivi came over to talk to me. She was the first lady there who really spoke to me, and I just felt like that was it, I loved her – and then we were fell in love in such a short time.

Peter and Viv soon realized their relationship was turning into more than just a courtship.

“Peter is a lovely, kind, caring and generous man and I love his company,” Viv said.

After returning home from a night out with friends, Peter got down on his knees and asked for Viv’s hand in marriage. The roommates were delighted.

Viv said, “They were thrilled, they were all congratulating us and were so happy for us. They were brilliant.

Supported by friends and family, Peter and Viv were married at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone last month.

Viv was walked down the aisle by her grandson, with her granddaughter as bridesmaid. Meanwhile, Jim, another resident of Homepine House, was Peter’s best man.

After the ceremony, celebrations continued where it all began – in the bar of their Folkestone home, where close friends and family joined the newlyweds for an evening reception.

FirstPort’s Beckie Rust, who runs Homepine House, said: “Both Peter and Viv are wonderful people with friendly, caring natures.

“I’m so thrilled for both of them that they’ve found love and happiness together. It’s been so nice to see their relationship blossom from the very beginning until now. I wish them all the happiness in the world . »

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