It was love at first sight. After 18 months of dating, Tommy proposed to his 13-year-younger girlfriend …
They were the first married couple with Down Syndrome, and this year they celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary
Maryanne and Tommy Pilling celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary this year. 24 years ago, they became the first married couple with Down Syndrome, and have faced numerous criticisms as a result.
The couple met more than 24 years ago at the Adult Learning Disability Center, where they were both employed in the kitchen. It was love at first sight. After 18 months of dating, Tommy proposed to his 13-year-younger girlfriend.
The couple got married at St. Mary in Southend, England, despite criticism from those who thought people with Down Syndrome should not get married. Fortunately, they had the support of the family. Maryanna’s sister Lindy points out, “Everything is possible when people love each other and there should be no restrictions, despite the circumstances.”
After the wedding, the couple lived with Maryanna’s mother, and they later moved to their own apartment. Despite needing help daily, they live like other couples; have common interests and enjoy cooking, golf, and bowling.
What is their secret? Lindi says it’s actually very simple: “There are never any hidden intentions. They love each other with all their heart and are honest with each other. “
As the couple continues to “defy” those who criticize them and enjoy their marriage, we wish them many more years of love and happiness.
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