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just woke one morn­ing with a strong de­sire to make his­tor­i­cal women’s gar­ments,” Re­becca Olds, 50, re­called. Lesser urges must have oc­curred and passed un­heeded. But Ms Olds, a for­mer para­le­gal, and her hus­band, Adam Bell, 55, a three-decade vet­eran of fi­nan­cial ser­vices, were at a point in their lives ripe to in­vest in 17th­cen­tury ap­parel.

“Last year I had a lot hap­pen­ing,” Ms Olds said. “My mother died, mak­ing me re-ex­am­ine what I wanted from my work. I was also plan­ning my mar­riage to Adam and de­sign­ing my own wed­ding dress.

“He wanted to take early re­tire­ment and all those strands col­lided, so we sat down and asked, ‘what would we like to be do­ing?’ ”

More of us will have the chance to con­tem­plate the same. Bri­tons are liv­ing health­ier, more ac­tive lives for longer. Gov­ern­ment re­search pre­dicts that by the mid-2030s half of British adults will be over 50.

A mil­lion more over-50s will be work­ing or avail­able to work in the next six years, as fewer, out of choice or ne­ces­sity, re­tire com­pletely. Since just last year 240,000 more of those aged 50-64 were em­ployed, ac­cord­ing to the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel & De­vel­op­ment, an as­so­ci­a­tion for hu­man re­sources pro­fes­sion­als.

Mr Bell and Ms Olds chose to use fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity ob­tained through years in “sen­si­ble” ca­reers to join a trend for choos­ing a first ca­reer for money, a sec­ond for love, and ditch­ing re­tire­ment al­to­gether.

Ms Olds said: “I was no longer get­ting sat­is­fac­tion out of my ‘in­tel­lec­tual work’. I used to make my own clothes and while I’d set that aside on leav­ing school 30 years ago I thought per­haps I’d be hap­pier cre­at­ing stuff than spend­ing three hours a day com­mut­ing to an of­fice.”

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