A COUNCILLOR aged 52 showed love was in the air after revealing he married a Gambian woman half his age within days of meeting her on holiday.
Bob Thompson went on holiday to the African country and within days met and married 25-year-old Fatou Jammeh.
The Liberal Democrat, who represents Elland on Calderdale Council, confirmed he has also converted to Islam.
The final legal hurdles are now being overcome before his new wife and her eight-year-old daughter, Sira, join him in Elland.
Clr Thompson confirmed that love blossomed as they peeled potatoes together outside his hotel near Banjul on his first night, December 22.
They married on January 4 and he returned home on January 6.
Clr Thompson, a project co-ordinator with Pennine Housing 2000, had been divorced for three years after his 28-year first marriage failed.
He said: "I am absolutely delighted and so is she. Most of my work colleagues think I'm barking - but so what?
"You can plan for years and years and after a couple of months you are divorced. It just felt right."
He added: "I met a young lady in my hotel. She was a kitchen worker and I invited her out for a meal and we took it from there."
"I was on my way out for a walk and we passed on a footpath.
"On my way back she was sitting on a wall peeling potatoes. I sat talking, then picked up a knife and also started peeling.
"Feelings were mutual right from the off. We just jelled."
Clr Thompson has applied for a settlement visa, which allows his wife to stay for two years.
He has applied for a separate visa for Sira, who saw electricity for the first time when she visited him at his hotel.