A COUPLE who fancied each other as teenagers are getting married 20 years on.
And it all came about after one nearly ran over the other!
Shocked Marie Martin had to swerve in the road to miss old pal Mark Murphy.
They recognised each other, got chatting and, following a two-year romance, are set to wed.
Marie and Mark last saw each other before the near miss when they were 17 and, although they were attracted to each other then, neither had the courage to ask for a date.
Over time, both moved away from Dartford, Kent, only to later return. But it seemed they were destined never to get together until the car incident in their home town.
Marie, 37, said: “I was driving to the doctor’s and as I was trying to go into a car park I went around the corner and Mark was crossing.
“It’s typical that Mark would go across the road and I would nearly knock him down.”
Mark, 37, who captains England’s deaf golf B team, proposed to Marie during a recent competition in Norway.
She cried when he got down on one knee after keeping his plans secret for months.
Marie said: “What I didn’t realise is that he had smuggled the ring in his golf bag and had it in there for about a month.
“It was a complete surprise, I can’t believe that I didn’t know anything.
“He got down on one knee and said ‘We’ve been together for a little while and you know how much I love you – will you marry me?’
“I just couldn’t believe I didn’t know. Usually I would have picked up on it but because there was so much going on I took no notice.”
Marie’s mum helped to choose their trilogy ring which represents the couple’s past, present and future.
Marie said: “We had spoken about getting married before but it was more of a general chat rather than anything serious. I didn’t think I would get engaged for at least another year.
“We’re having an engagement party in November and we’re going to Vegas so will be celebrating then – we’re not getting married there, although I think the family and everyone else would be up for it.”
Mark was just two years old when he found out he was deaf in one ear. He now wears a hearing aid and lip-reads.
AdultStar Romantic Life