Lifetime of happiness after chance reunion

Published: February 14, 2007 | 5569th good news item since 2003

Fate reunited childhood friends in marriage, giving two Portsmouth teachers special reason to celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

Brian and Sue Sheldrick used to play swingball and have snowball fights as children living opposite each other in Hereford.

But when Sue was nine she and her family moved to Somerset and the pair lost contact for nine years until a quirk of fate reunited them at Bishop Otter College, in Chichester.

Mr Sheldrick, 49, said: ‘I was looking for a pub in Chichester and I saw this girl outside a telephone box. She was lovely and I asked her for directions.

‘Then the next day we were on a treasure hunt arranged by the college and it was the same girl. We got talking and our jaws dropped open when we realised we used to live opposite each other as children. I told Sue it was fate that brought us together.’

Mrs Sheldrick, 47, said: ‘I used to go back to Hereford to visit my gran but I never saw Brian after we moved. It was a complete coincidence us meeting again.’

The pair were soon engaged and were married four years later. In August they’ll be celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary.

The pair both work at Portsmouth Grammar School’s Junior School and have two daughters Victoria, 23, and Sarah, 21.

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