“You can never get over it if you truly love someone,” says Kathleen, 86. “I am old fashioned and I think you can only truly love one person in your life.”With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Kathleen is one of 14 Londoners aged between 75 and 95 who have revealed when they fell in love and the difference it made to their lives. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Kathleen, who lost her life partner when she was 41. Photograph: Holly Wren Photography Ltd, www.hollywren.comThe group is featured in Love Lived, a collaborative exhibition combining video and photographs capturing their stories and thoughts about love. The project, currently on display at Broadgate Tower in central London, was created after photographer Holly Wren was inspired “to show that experiences of love are universal and transcend the boundaries of age”.Many of the people who took part have lost their partners and are struggling to come to terms with their loss.Kathleen lost her life partner when she was 41. “I wish he was still here,” she says. “He died in my arms. I will never forget him. They say that as the years go by it gets lighter but it doesn’t, it gets worse.”Harry, 91, reveals he knew as soon as he saw his wife that he loved her. He says: “I enjoyed my marriage. Every day was a happy day for me. It wasn’t until she died my happiness died. I have never really been happy again.”Harry met his wife at the age of 16, and talks about how they used to dance around their living room together: “It wasn’t dancing really, it was more shuffling and she would have her head on my shoulder. My daughter came in and caught us a few times dancing like that. We would also hold hands having a cup of tea.“That was me and my wife, we adored each other. I would kiss her all the time... When she died I felt as though she put a dagger in my heart and it is still there.“I sit on my own and I think about her.”Harry talks about his relationship with Kath. Source: Bold Content Video -www.BoldContentVideo.comSidney’s relationship was more turbulent, with him walking out on the marriage after 10 years. He ended up returning, and says: “I think myself lucky that I stayed with her for 62 years.”The 90-year-old reveals how he met his wife, Winifred, during the second world war in 1943. “I saw her on the train. The only way to see her again was to steal her handbag. So I did. I stole her handbag. So that was how we started our courtship.“We had our up and downs. People who say they were married and it was all roses. It is just not true.”Sidney’s advice to young people today is “don’t get married, don’t worry about a piece of paper, go and see places. Have children, bring them up and then decide about getting married.”Photographed in his kitchen at home, unable to use the living room which he keeps as a shrine to his late wife, Sidney confides that the greatest treasures from his marriage are their son, daughter and grandchildren, describing them as the “biggest present you can ever get”.Joan, 81, reveals how fear of rejection has led her to push love away all of her life: “The war shaped the way our family was and made me cautious of rejection.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest Joan, who regrets not finding love. Photograph: Holly Wren Photography Ltd, www.hollywren.comShe set up three dating businesses and says: “I never stopped working. I didn’t want to get married because of the fear of feeling trapped.” But Joan says she now regrets not having grandchildren: “It is my fault. I have pushed love away too much.”Love Lived is a collaborative effort between Holly Wren, video production agency Bold Content, the Broadgate Tower a11选5杀号预测号码群 nd the Contact the Elderly charity.Adam Neale, managing director of Bold Content Video, says that “one of the main reasons why I got involved with Love Lived is because I love hearing stories”.Neale adds that he was “intrigued by the possibility of listening to elderly people tell me some of their best stories from a lifetime of experiences ... these people have lived long and rich lives and their wisdom was invaluable. It certainly changed my perspective on the whole subject of love and I believe that anyone viewing the videos will gain the same appreciation for what it means to have lived and loved.”Wren adds: “People of any age who visit the exhibition can find something to relate to in the unique stories told by the sitters and will be moved and inspired by what they hear.”Since 1965, Contact the Elderly has been organising tea parties throughout the UK for people aged 75 and over who live alone. Chief executive Mary Rance points out that there is a more serious side to the project: “We hope people visiting the exhibition will be encouraged to think more about older people in our society.”The exhibition is on display at First and Second Floor Lobbies, the Broadgate Tower, London, until 10 June 2016. Entry is free. Videos and photographs of the storytellers can be found at lovelived.co.uk Join the Social Care Network to read more pieces like this. 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