Couple in their 60s wed after chance holiday reunion reignites childhood romance
PUBLISHED: 11:52 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:10 25 February 2014
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.