Aussie’s joy: A bride at 87!

These new­ly­weds say fate brought them to­gether

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Bea Brown had just about given up on love. That was un­til David Nunn moved in next door at the re­tire­ment vil­lage, and very quickly Bea changed her tune.

“I’ve been a widow for 36 years and meet­ing an­other man was the fur­thest thing from my thoughts,” says the 87-year-old. “But this beau­ti­ful man turned up next door and that was it. He swept me off my feet. I see it as fate, re­ally.”

Bea made the first move and in­vited 72-year-old David over for a cup of tea. They bonded over their mu­tual love of sports and Scrab­ble, and pretty soon they were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

The great-grand­mother-of­seven would pop over to David’s apart­ment each af­ter­noon for a spot of Scrab­ble, and the pair would go for walks to­gether up to the lo­cal shops, wheel­ing their shop­ping trol­leys side by side.

“I’m just pleased I can keep up with him,” says Bea, who’s 15 years older than David. “But age is just a num­ber when youu get to this stage in life. Al­though I’m not sure whether I’m a cougar or a cra­dle-snatcher!” ”

Three years af­ter they y first met, David de­cided d he wanted to take theirr re­la­tion­ship to the nextt level. “It just made sense to pro­pose,” he says. “She’s a lovely wo­man, very kind and car­ing.”

On Jan­uary 14, David and Bea ex­changed wed­ding vows in their re­tire­ment vil­lage chapel at St Vin­cent’s Care Ser­vices Mitchel­ton in Bris­bane. When David spot­ted Bea walk­ing down the aisle to­wards him wear­ing a pale pink twin set she had made her­self, his eyes in­stantly lit up.

“She looked ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful,” David says, smil­ing from ear to ear.

Four gen­er­a­tions were in­volved in the bri­dal party, with Bea’s son Gra­ham walk­ing her down the aisle, and her great-grand­chil­dren step­ping in as flower girls.

And the whole vil­lage was there to celebrate. “We’re friends with every­body and they’ve never had a wed­ding here be­fore, so they pulled out all the stops to make it a great oc­ca­sion,” says Bea. Bea an­dan David have now m moved in to­gether, and a are look­ing for­ward to g go­ing on a cruise of the S South Pa­cific for their h hon­ey­moon in March. A And for Valen­tine’s Day, B Bea says they’ll go out fo for a date. “I’m sure I’ll b be spoilt – he knows I love ch choco­lates and flow­ers.”

‘This beau­ti­ful man turned up next door and that was it’

Bea, 87, and David, 72, on their big day. Bea was given away by her son Gra­ham. Sealed with a kiss.

David puts a ring on it!

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