ROMANTIC Wiganers are in the mood for love this St Valentine’s Day.
A survey conducted by The Wigan Evening Post found more of the town’s couples are ditching tired old cliches about “roses are red...” in their cards this year.
Instead they are surprising their loved ones with messages from the heart.
Hopeless romantic Curtis Thomas of Standish believes that it’s important to spoil a loved one on Valentine’s Day to show them just how special they are.
The 18-year-old said: “I really think it’s one of the traditions which should definitely be upheld if you love somebody - they need to be treated right.
“If I had a special somebody I would probably send her a card and flowers and write some meaningful words in there.
“It’s good to let them know how you feel as sometimes people can become complacent. I like to think I am a romantic and I like to spoil people.
“Celebrity couples who are constantly in the limelight I think are fake - you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. It’s not always rosy and people only show you what they want you to see.
“It’s the couples which stay together and stay quiet about their business who are the best.”
Curtis Pilgrim, 18, of Standish, used to send roses to his Valentine when he was younger but has grown less romantic as the years have passed.
He said: “I don’t really do anything for Valentine’s anymore, I would have to really like somebody now in order to send a card.
“If I did then I would try my best to send them a card and write down how I feel but I’m not good with words really so I would go for the standard ‘roses are red, violets are blue line’.
“I think people should be shown all year round how much they are loved not just limit it to one day. And actions speak a lot louder than words.
“One celebrity couple which I think have stood the test of time and are the definition of true love is Jay Z and Beyonce.
“They have been together for ages and you can just tell they are so in love.”
Michelle Peoples of Hindley Green has been with her husband for 17 years now and despite having three children they still ensure they make time for each other every Valentine’s Day.
The 32-year-old said: “It’s hard to go out as much now with the kids but my husband, Martin, always makes sure he spoils me with a card, flowers and dinner every year.
“He always has done and I guess I would probably feel really upset if he didn’t. It would feel as though he didn’t think about me or appreciate me as much.
“Martin always writes a personal message in the card as well which really means a lot to me. I have to admit he’s very romantic.
“Sometimes I do think Valentine’s Day is a bit overrated as people should be shown how much they’re loved all year round but it is nice to be treated on a special day devoted to couples.
“I don’t think the tradition will ever die. Even my little girl, who is only 11, has a boyfriend and went out to buy him a card!”
Alan and Sheila Wise have been married more than 20 years and 66-year-old Alan has never failed to surprise his wife on Valentine’s Day.
Sheila, 60, said: “Alan is very romantic I get spoiled each year with cards, flowers and various presents.
“One of the best Valentine’s Day we ever had was when he whisked me off to Jamaica which was amazing. Unfortunately this year I have to work but I’m sure we’ll end up doing something to mark the occasion.
“I do think Valentine’s died off a little but the celebrations are definitely coming back and more people are spoiling their loved ones more than ever.
“To be honest if we didn’t have it I think it would bother my husband more than it would me. He always chooses the cards with the most meaningful words in them.”
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