Winning couple in wedded bliss

THIS glowing couple have the prize of a lifetime today - true love.Little did Sandie Manning know when she entered a competition in The Evening Star that she could win herself a husband.

THIS glowing couple have the prize of a lifetime today - true love.

Little did Sandie Manning know when she entered a competition in The Evening Star that she could win herself a husband.

But by answering two simple questions Sandie solved one of life's toughest puzzles - finding the right man.

Five years later Sandie and her Mr Right, Ed Nicholls, have tied the knot and the couple of Baird Grove, Kesgrave, couldn't be happier.


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Sandie, 48, said: “Ed owns Gemini Travel and he put a competition in The Evening Star in February 2002.

“I'm mad on competitions so I entered and I won. The prize was a coach trip so I went to the office to arrange it and we ended up chatting for two-and-a-half hours.

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“I arranged for my parents to go to Dublin for their birthday as the prize and he said I had to go too.

“Then he kept finding reasons to call me about the trip and finally asked if I'd like to for out for dinner.”

Before long the couple were in love and in March 2005 Ed popped the question during a trip to Rome.

Yesterday the couple married at All Saints Church in Kesgrave in a heart-themed ceremony.

Sandie's daughters, Katie, 18, and Emma, 15, were bridesmaids and Ed's sons, Matthew, 28, and Jim, 22, were ushers.

For confetti Sandie cut up the roses Ed had given her over the years that she had dried.

Tomorrow morning the couple will be flying to the Maldives for their honeymoon.

Ed said: “She won me in a competition. I'm happy to say that and I think it is quite novel and almost fate.

“I'm very happy. We love travelling together and now she holds a coach driver's licence as I taught her how to drive a coach.”

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Winning love - other competition couples

Model Jordan and singer Peter Andre met when they were both contestants on the television show I'm a celebrity - Get me out of here. The pair married in 2005.

In 1991 Alex Tatham and Sue Middleton became one of a series of couples who married after meeting on the popular show, Blind Date.

Ulrika Jonsson married Lance Gerrard-Wright in 2003 after she hosted the gameshow Mr Right where Lance was supposed to chose a girlfriend from a group of beautiful, intelligent women. He instead chose Ulrika but the couple split up in 2005.

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