Hillie Marshall admits that when men come into the dating agency she runs asking to meet young women, they are taken aback when she reveals her own age. Hillie is not some nubile young woman, but a 65-year-old mother-of-two from West London, who looks at least a decade younger than she really is.
‘People have a stereotyped image of what a 65-year-old mother should look like — short, greying hair, conservative clothes and a cardigan,’ she says.
‘But that’s not for me. I go shopping with my 30-year-old daughter and we often swap clothes. It’s not that I’m trying to be young; I just don’t think about getting old. I live life the way I always have.’