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Gloucester shares the love on the Citizen's Love Sofa

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

Rebecca Prest and John Chittenden show their love on the Ctizen's Love Sofa

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What can be better that a snuggle on the sofa with someone you love?

Couples, young and not so young, and families of all shapes and sizes sat on the Citizen’s Love Sofa in Gloucester’s Eastgate shopping centre to express their love yesterday.

Perched on the bright red settee they sat close, looked lovingly into each other’s eyes, and even had a bit of a smooch.

And there were some stories to tug at the heart strings.

Sandra Griffiths and Lee Ellison told us how they had been kept apart for many years.

Sandra, 44, said: “We’ve only been together for about four months now, but we were each other’s first loves, when I was 13 and 14. My mother put a stop to it because she thought we were too young.”

Although they always knew each other, Lee, 77, from Tredworth, and Sandra, who lives in Hempsted went their separate ways romantically.

But the spark never went out. And a few months ago, lee tried to get back in touch with his old flame.

He said: “I started looking for her online, on Facebook. I found her on a site and got in touch.”

And that was that.

Sandra said: “As soon as he contacted me, that was it for me. I’d never forgotten him, and I was swept away and we’ve been together ever since.

“We’re both really, really happy together.”

And so are the Hussey family from Gloucester; mum Laura, dad Darrel and boys Jake 13, and Cieran 12.

Darrel said: “Love is unconditional isn’t it.” And Laura agreed: “You know there’ll always be someone to support you. Even if you have a row, you get over it and through it together.”

Dozens of people had their picture taken for free on the Citizen Love Sofa.

A full gallery will be printed in the Citizen on Friday February 14 as well as online at www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/lovesofa

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