Silver surfers united for Christmas celebrations

A COUPLE of "silver surfers" with a combined age of 159 are spending their first Christmas together as man and wife after finding love on the internet.

Lonely Barbara Moore, 77, began using a computer after her husband died four years ago and was immediately drawn to the Facebook social networking site, after seeing her children and grandchildren using it.

The former paediatric nurse used the site to try to track down old work pals and also decided she would find new friends in her area and boost her social life.

After searching for other people in her area, she was drawn to the profile of Laurence Brocklesby, 82, who was widowed sixteen years ago, and they began exchanging emails.

Barbara had made contact with Mr Brocklesby, asking his tips on gardening and soon the pair were chatting on-line everyday for hours about their mutual love of dogs and sharing tips on gardening and fishing.

She said: "We would just chat about anything and everything, what we were having for tea, our hobbies and what we'd be doing for the day.

"It was amazing how much we had in common and we could both be so much more open over the internet. I felt like I could tell him all about myself without having to worry.

"Now after getting to know each other on-line, we're married and looking forward to our first Christmas as a wed couple."

The couple, from Shipley, near Bradford, finally met after Mr Brocklesby broke his wrist and Mrs Moore offered to drive him to medical appointments.