Ticket to bride!
A chance encounter on a National Express coach has led a Pontypridd couple on the romantic journey of a lifetime.
Matt and Gail Elwell, who met on a coach journey from Torquay to Cardiff 14 years ago are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this weekend.
Matt, who is a speech and language therapist, caught Gail’s eye after she sat down beside him on her return from a holiday in the south west seaside town in 2003.
Gail, a Liaison Nurse for people with learning disabilities and a single mum at the time, sat her two children down and spotted a seat next to Matt across the aisle.
Matt at the time explained: “She asked if she could sit next to me to keep an eye on her kids. I moved my bag off the empty seat with a scowl and apparently her first impression of me was that I was ‘rude’! Anyway, it was a two hour ride and we just got talking. I knew I had to get her phone number before we parted ways at our final destination and I managed to do it!”
Gail said: “My first impression of Matt wasn’t that good, but then one of us broke the ice and got talking and I realised he was a lovely guy. He told me he was film and TV student and I managed to squeeze out of him that he was single. I realised during the course of our conversation that I really liked him and could see myself with him long term so we exchanged numbers.
“Then when we changed coaches at Bristol to my disappointment I wasn’t sat next to him. I texted him to say are you lonely and he said yes and I knew he was interested.”
After a whirlwind four month romance, Matt moved from Torquay to Pontypridd to be with Gail and all of a sudden became step-dad to her kids and had a family, three years later they married in Lapland.
They now live in Graigwen area of the town and this month they are celebrating 10 happy years as a married couple by going to a Robert Plant concert in Portsmouth.
Gail added: “We still love each other very much, it’s been a lovely ten years so we are both very happy we got the National Express that day!”
To celebrate their anniversary National Express is giving Matt and Gail a pair of coach tickets to go anywhere they want on the UK coach network.
National Express Coach, Managing Director, Chris Hardy said: “We are thrilled that Matt and Gail are celebrating 10 successful years of marriage after meeting on one of our coaches. It’s not everyday you hear of couples marrying after finding love on our services. Coach journeys can be a fantastic way to meet and chat to new people – you never know what you might have in common with the person sat next to you.”
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