Couple tie the knot - a decade after finding love in the Evening News
Shaun LowthorpeWhen Rob Harley and Surria Khan were both looking for love 10 years ago they both turned to the Evening News for help.And the pair, who met thanks to an advert in what is now the Evening News mydate24 pages, will finally be tying the knot on April 28 - a decade after their first date.Shaun Lowthorpe
When Rob Harley and Surria Khan were both looking for love 10 years ago they both turned to the Evening News for help.
And the pair, who met thanks to an advert in what is now the Evening News mydate24 pages, will finally be tying the knot on April 28 - a decade after their first date.
The couple, who live in Bernham Road, Hellesdon, met after Rob placed an advert in the Evening News headed 'Time for a change' with Surria the first person to reply.
The 36-year-old, who works as a manager at Big Yellow Storage, said he could not believe his luck when he met his date face to face.
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'She got in touch and we just hit it off over the phone quite quickly, we have both got a similar sense of humour,' he said. 'I knew pretty much straight away she was the one.
'We spent a lot of time on the phone and we knew we were right for each other within a couple of months. I proposed about a year later, but it's just taken us nine years to get around to it!'
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Surria, 34, said the pair arranged to meet for a drink in Lowestoft, where she was living at the time, and later dates included days out the beach and a boating trip at Thorpeness in Suffolk. They also went for a ride in a hot air balloon and Surria was introduced to Rob's family one Sunday at the Gibraltar Gardens.
'I didn't hear from him for a couple of days and I didn't think he was going to give me a ring,' she said. 'We had quite a lot in common. Rob put an advert in the Evening News, but I'm sure I read it in the Lowestoft Journal!
The couple will get married at the Registry Office at Churchman House, before having a small get together at the Beeches Hotel. They are then planning a larger reception two days later at the Oaklands in Yarmouth Road and a honeymoon break in Turkey.
'A lot of people probably wouldn't even know how we met, so we thought it would be a nice way of telling everyone,' Rob said. 'If anyone has got any trepidation about doing it, just go for it. The worst you can do is have a night out and the best thing is you can end up as happy as we are.
Surria said: 'We'd like to give others some hope, that there is someone out there for everyone!'
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