Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marriage Bliss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marriage Bliss

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Newlyweds Geraldine and Kevin Box from South Shields are just starting out on married life together, but it's amazing that they ever got together in the first place.

Their first meeting ( October 19, 1999 ( is etched in Kevin's mind. As Geraldine, now 26, was thinking about packing to come home from her holiday in the Cypriot resort of Aya Napa, Kevin, a marine engineer from Essex was sailing towards nearby Limassol Port.

"We were due to dock on October 20, the day of Geraldine's flight home," explained Kevin, 27. "But our ship came in a day early.

"I'd just finished a long day at work and when my friend asked me to come off the ship for a night out, I really didn't fancy it.

"But he wanted to meet his girlfriend who was on holiday there with a friend, so I reluctantly agreed to go along.

"I'm so glad I did because I met Geraldine and we just clicked. It was love at first sight.

"If my ship hadn't been early we would never have met because Geraldine went home the next day. We only had one evening together but kept in touch and then I went to visit her in South Shields two months later."

By January 2000, Kevin had asked Geraldine to marry him ( just over two months after meeting, and on Valentine's Day, he proposed after a meal at the George Washington Hotel, Washington.

Funnily enough, Kevin had done his marine engineer's training at South Tyneside College at the same time as Geraldine was doing her A-levels there ( but the couple had never bumped into each other until that chance encounter in Cyprus years later.

"I actually used to pass her house every day," said Kevin. "And I remember seeing her green Corsa out and about ( but I never met her."

The couple finally married last year on August 28 at St Hilda's Church, South Shields, with a reception for 150 guests at The Sea Hotel ( plus an extra 100 for the evening party.

Kevin said: "It took a lot of organising as we've also been renovating our house to get it habitable for the last two years. …

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