Couple marry 50 years after engagement
A couple have married more than 50 years after getting engaged as childhood sweethearts
John Searle and Maggie Crook have married half a century after splitting up as teenagers.
Mrs Searle was 13 when she first set eyes on John way back in 1952 in their hometown of Exmouth, Devon.
The teenagers met at a life-saving club held at the popular seaside resort's long-closed seafront swimming pool.
They got engaged at 18 but split up before they could name the day after their careers caused them to drift apart.
The couple, both 69, married on Wednesday more than five decades after vowing to walk down the aisle.
Mr Searle, a former Royal Marine, said: "Being married to Maggie is going to be very nice. We are very happy together. . . How about that, folks? There is still time for (some 0f) us to recycle/re-ignite our youthful passions. P a g i n g. . .
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