Childhood mates marry 45 years after they had been ‘pressured’ to sit down collectively at school


Two childhood mates who “fancied one another” at college however by no means dated lastly married after spending 45 years aside.

Andrew and Karen Wilson, each now 59, had been first launched once they had been “virtually pressured” collectively in first 12 months at secondary faculty in 1971.

The couple had been initially “dissatisfied” once they had been advised to sit down subsequent to one another of their registration class as a result of they “had been the 2 stragglers” at Riversmead College, in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England.

After a 12 months, the pair grew shut changing into mates however “nothing occurred” they usually went their separate methods after ending faculty in 1976.

However now, over 4 a long time later, Karen and Andrew tied the knot after they reconnected with one another over Fb.

“So it took some time, 45 years, earlier than I lastly acquired the braveness to ask Karen out on a date, however I lastly acquired my lady,” mentioned Andrew, who works as a chemist. “I fairly fancied Karen at college however was solution to shy to say something.”

“I at all times thought he was so properly put collectively however little did I do know he truly appreciated me and was making an effort with me,” Karen added. “In second time period, Andrew determined he appreciated me and I didn’t thoughts spending one other time period with him. However as a result of we had been so younger, you don’t take into consideration love at that age, you simply need to be with your folks.

“And now I’m so pleased. It’s only a dream come true. I can’t consider one thing like this has occurred to me.”

Karen and Andrew acquired hitched on Saturday after pondering they “had been by no means going to see one another”.

Andrew had moved to Texas, the place he married and had two youngsters, and Karen continued to stay in Cheshunt the place she additionally was married and had two youngsters.

Karen (left) and Andrew Wilson when they were teenagers
Karen (left) and Andrew Wilson once they had been youngstersKaren Wilson/Andrew Wilson/SWNS

Nevertheless, they each divorced and had been dwelling their single lives till they reconnected on Fb in January 2017.

The pair mentioned they’d usually chat “for hours” till Andrew “picked up the braveness” and requested Karen on a date on February 28.

Nevertheless, to Karen’s shock Andrew arrived a day earlier than to fulfill his soon-to-be spouse.

“We hadn’t met one another for 41 years and we simply fell into one another’s arms I moved him in my home the primary day he arrived right here as a result of we had already made a relationship over video name. We had a lot chemistry,” Karen mentioned.

“We had organized to fulfill for dinner on the 28. However Andrew within the meantime was in touch with a pal of mine in California and she or he conspired for him to show up a day early to shock me. He acquired his sister to affix the conspiracy and he mentioned ‘would you meet my sister on the Monday lunchtime, the day earlier than we meet as a result of she’s not on the town once I’m on the town and she or he like to fulfill you?’” she added.

“So I turned at up at Marriott pondering I’m assembly his sister and this bouquet of lilies got here in the direction of me. It was Andrew.

“It couldn’t have gone any higher. I believe if I had truly met him the day we had been supposed to fulfill, I might have been a nervous wreck. However as a result of it was the day earlier than, I acquired shocked.”

Andrew proposed to Karen in June 2018 in Paris and are actually on their honeymoon in Italy.

“I simply need to say to all the ladies on the market as a result of cautious what you would like for as a result of needs do come true,” Karen mentioned.

“If you’re 30, 40 or 50 and haven’t discovered the best man but don’t fear it’s important to give it time.”