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If The One comes along, it is never too late to say ‘I do’

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Can people find love — and marriage — in their mature years? I have the evidence that they can: I’ve just attended the wedding of one of my oldest friends. The bride was a radiant 78 and the groom a glowing 83.

A discreet ceremony for those of senior years? Not a bit of it! It was the full church number, with all the trimmings: the Scottish pastor intoning vows of “till death us do part” and reminding all present of the meaning of wedlock; St Paul on “love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful, love does not insist on its own way”; and the cantors (socially distanced) singing Schumann’s Widmung (“You are my soul, my heart. You are my rapture.”).

The bride, Marjorie, wore a short white dress in lace applique, adorned with a long fuchsia scarf in Shantung silk: she hardly looked any older than at her first, rather more Bohemian, wedding, at which I was the chief witness, back in 1974. The groom, John, wore an elegant, well-cut tailored suit with a silk cravat.

Afterwards, there was a fabulous, lavish reception with more music laid on — with the emphasis on opera — and the offspring of both spouses giving the main speeches after a splendid meal.

That’s the way to do it! A big splash — even if guest numbers are limited, and masks (some elaborate) are employed for part of the........

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