Love is in the air today as couples across West Norfolk celebrate Valentine’s Day.
But will you be showering loved ones with hearts, flowers, chocolates and bold gestures, or skipping the romantic formalities all together?
We took to the streets of Lynn to find out, and despite the commercial aspects of a forced ‘love holiday’, those in relationships will be embracing it whole-heartedly and showing their other halves how much they care.
Graham Fenn, 60, from West Newton, and his partner of three years Karen Motson, 49, said they will be marking the special occasion by going out for a romantic meal-for-two.
She said: “We’ve just been buying each other a card and talking about what we’re going to be doing on the day. I think it’s nice to celebrate love.”
Mr Fenn added: “It may be a bit of a money-maker but it’s still worth celebrating.
“I’m looking forward to us both going out for a special meal together.”
Ben Farnsworth, 27, of Downham, said he and his fiancée would like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but they both work in the restaurant industry.
“We won’t be able to celebrate it on the actual day as we’re both working and it’s one of the busiest nights of the year.
“It’ll be even busier this year as it falls on a Friday and kids will have broken up for half term too.
“We will still buy a card for each other and we’ll probably do something together on a different night.”
Sue O’Brien, 67, of Lynn, has been married for 13 years and will be marking Valentine’s Day by buying her husband a card.
She said: “It is worth celebrating. It may be a bit commercial but so are a lot of things like Christmas and Easter. I think we need to celebrate love.”
Friend Patty Nobes, 66, agreed, and is planning on celebrating the most romantic day of the year by cooking her partner of six years a special meal at home.
She added: “I’ll also buy a card and get my red heart-shaped fairy lights out to decorate.”