We married 35 years after we split up
Published: April 27, 2007 | 6077th good news item since 2003
The course of true love never did run smooth – and that’s certainly true of one couple who have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary, 36 years after they split up.
Nigel Postle and Diana Gascoigne fell in love in 1969 when they worked at May & Baker in Norwich.
The relationship did not work out and they married other people -but three decades after they split, they made contact through popular website Friends Reunited and fell in love all over again.
Now they have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary and looking forward to returning to their home city to build a new life.
Nigel said: “I am so looking forward to coming home. Over the 34 years we were apart, there was hardly a time when I didn’t think of her, wonder where she was or what she was doing.”
When the pair met, former Thorpe Grammar School pupil Nigel was 19, and Diana, who grew up in Heacham, was 17.
The couple lived happily together for two years in Cyprus Street, until a row shortly after Nigel’s 21st birthday saw them split up. Nigel went to London to study law while Diana trained as a PE teacher in Leicester. Both married and had children – but neither was happy. Diana and her husband split up and she brought up her daughters as a single parent, while father-of-two Nigel had two unsuccessful marriages.
Nigel, 55, said: “Breaking up with Diana was the most painful experience I have ever endured and I never really got over her. The pain subsided but the memory and love for her carried on.”
The feeling was mutual and in 2002, Diana, who had moved to Yorkshire, put her details on Friends Reunited in the hope Nigel might get in touch.
Diana, 54, said: “I was on there for a year and I hadn’t heard anything from him so I stopped looking. In 2004, my mother died and I went on there again because I needed to get in touch with some cousins.
“Nigel’s email was sat there and had been for 18 months. We talked and arranged to meet each other in Norwich in 2005.
“I realised that the man I had loved was still there and he said I was the same girl he had known back then. We got engaged in September 2005 and were married in March the following year. I really have found the perfect husband.”
The couple, who live in Leeds, have now found a home in Knowsley Road, Norwich, and will move in next month.
A date in 1969
· Dance to Sugar Sugar by The Archies, Get Back by The Beatles or Je T’aime … Moi Mon Plus by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg at the Samson and Hercules
· Enjoy a beer and a Babycham at The Talk.
· Visit the London Steakhouse in Tombland for prawn cocktail, steak and black forest gateaux.
· See Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at the Gaumont cinema, now Mecca bingo opposite John Lewis.
A date in 2007
· Catch a hot new band such as The Sunshine Underground or the Maccabees at The Waterfront.
· Go to Mercy or Lava/Ignite for the latest club hits.
· Relax with a Budweiser or vodka and Red Bull.
· Eat at Pizza Express in The Forum.
· Head for the cinema to watch Hot Fuzz or Ghost Rider.