Search

Couple in their 60s wed after chance holiday reunion reignites childhood romance

11:52 20 February 2014

Christine Fisk and Ernest Wayman were childhood sweethearts. They said their wedding day was the best of their lives.

Christine Fisk and Ernest Wayman were childhood sweethearts. They said their wedding day was the best of their lives.

Archant

Two lovebirds in their 60s have tied the knot after rekindling their childhood romance on a chance holiday encounter.

Christine Fisk, 61, and Ernest Wayman, 64, who live together in Dreywood Court, Gidea Park, got married on Monday after months of planning.

They first struck up a relationship at school together in the 60s but sadly, as they grew older, the childhood sweethearts lost contact.

It was not until 2012 during a holiday with company Breakaway in Southend-on-Sea that the two would meet again, and the spark was reignited instantly.

“We fell in love all over again,” said Christine, “I didn’t know he [Ernest] was going to be there.”

And Ernest wasted no time in popping the question.

“I asked her to marry me on holiday,” he explained.

“And I was gobsmacked!” said Christine, “but I said yes.”

The couple, who have minor learning diabilities, kept in contact over the phone and via their social workers, and spoke about living together whilst planning their wedding.

After Christine had warned Ernest to “not muck about,” they moved into a two-bedroom flat in September, and were helped in planning the wedding by Jasmin Hannan, of Sanctuary Care, who staff the accommodation.

“Jasmin helped us a hell of a lot,” said Christine, “she planned the wedding.”

And the care worker said the big day went “brilliantly.”

“There was a lot of planning - buying rings and clothes and booking photographers,” she said.

“It was their dream, and there were tears as they read their vows.”

The wedding took place at the registry office at Langtons House in Billets Lane, Hornchurch, where they were joined by members of Ernest’s family and residents and staff from Dreywood Court, who hosted a reception that evening.

The newlyweds agreed it was the best day of their lives.

“Certainly,” said Ernest, “we are going to Weymouth in the summer for our honeymoon.”

“We are planning to spend the rest of our lives together,” added Christine.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00

With World Book Day fast approaching, test your knowledge of some of the globe’s most beloved children’s books.

Yesterday, 17:00

A British rapper will run a series of school music workshops as a way of showing gratitude for the help he received from mentors.

Yesterday, 16:05

Pupils were treated to an afternoon of rhyming when an acclaimed poet visited their school to lead an innovative workshop.

Yesterday, 16:00

Keeping it in the family when trying to set the world alight with music can be a common thing: think The Bee Gees, The Jackson 5, The Beach Boys, The Kinks.

Yesterday, 14:33

The proposal to close Hornchurch job centre is another example of “putting profit before people”, according to Rainham’s MP.

Yesterday, 12:05

A mum-of-three received the fright of her life after a humongous tree was brought down by Storm Doris - just yards from her kitchen window.

Yesterday, 11:09

Crowds will be gathering at The Liberty shopping centre this weekend as two celebrities will be visiting for their book signing.

Yesterday, 09:32

Plans to expand a popular dance festival have been shunned after “serious concerns” were raised about drug use and crime levels.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now