Valentine, ‘the most romantic village in the world’ prepares for Valentine’s Day
In the tender lover town, love is always in the air.
A small community in Wiltshire, South West England, the village’s name is actually pronounced “low-ver”, but that didn’t stop desperate romantics from moving there so they could take this poetic place called their home. Every Valentine’s Day, lovers’ post offices are flooded with pen pals looking for cute postmarks.
In fact, the village’s main post office is actually closed, but due to popular demand, the town opens a temporary post office every Valentine’s Day to maintain the tradition of stamping mail with the postmark “lover”.
The joint venture is the result of the village’s Lover’s Community Trust, which, over the past five years, has stamped more than 8,000 postcards and letters with the charming “Sent From Lover” message during the week of February 14. stamp.
The Royal Mail-backed project is run by volunteer postmen and combined with the local tradition of decorating the town with heart-shaped bunting, wreaths and balloons.
Lover Residents Jill and Fred Stark.SWNS
Residents of this beautiful village also hang heart-shaped bunting, wreaths and balloons on their garden fences and front doors. “Having Royal Mail support seems to make a big difference as they are able to send more cards to more places around the world,” said Lover resident Jill Stark, 71, according to SWNS. Seeing the post office from the back window and it seems to be doing well, it’s so lovely.”
Jill and her husband Fred, 72, moved to Lover after falling in love with a house in the center of the village and its name.
“The name Lover really stood out to us, and while the property itself and the village were very important, the name really helped us make our final decision,” Fred said. “Being ‘lover’s lover’ sounded too good to pass up, so we went for it.”
Valentine’s Day decorations at your local garage. SWNSNicola Dew organises Valentine’s Day at Lovers Darling Cafe.SWNSIt’s a tradition to decorate your town with hearts ahead of Valentine’s Day. SWNS
However, when they arrived, they learned that Lover was pronounced differently than is commonly said, a fact that they found “actually interesting”.
That was 18 years ago.
“The vibe in the village is amazing, there’s a real sense of unity in the place,” Gill added. “As soon as we got here, we felt like, every day since – we’ve been happy here.
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