Partners for life as John Lewis pair wed

Sue Clarke and Matthew Lumb at their wedding.
Sue Clarke and Matthew Lumb at their wedding.
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THEY started as colleagues, then became friends, and now they are man and wife.

Shop workers Sue Clark and Matthew Lumb tied the knot in a “beautiful” ceremony in Sheffield - which they paid for after they each received 18 per cent bonuses at work.

The newly married couple both work at the John Lewis department store in Barker’s Pool, where all the employees are treated as ‘partners’ and share in the firm’s profits.

And after a very successful trading period this year, every staff member received a massive 18 per cent handout - a very welcome addition to pay for Sue and Matthew’s wedding and their honeymoon to the Canary Islands.

Sue said they have John Lewis to thank not just for their wedding day but for their entire relationship.

“Without John Lewis we would never have got together,” said sales assistant Sue, aged 49.

“I started work there three years ago and Matthew interviewed me for the job and then became my manager.

“We became friends and then we got together, and we moved in together into our home in Meadowhead.

“Matthew proposed in Paris in 2009 - it was very romantic.”

But she grinned: “They don’t let us work together any more!”

Speaking after the wedding at the Mercure St Paul’s Hotel, Matthew, 38, stock manager at John Lewis, said: “It’s been a wonderful, wonderful day.

“We had about 50 guests and some people even popped over from work during their lunch break.

“They kept checking their watches to make sure they were back on time!”

Sheffield-born Matthew has worked at John Lewis for 15 years. Sue is originally from Maidstone in Kent, and the newly-weds will travel to Maidstone this week for a church blessing.

Sue said: “My mother is disabled so she wasn’t able to travel to Sheffield for the wedding, so we’re having a blessing so she can see my in my dress and get involved.”

And even John Lewis will play its part in the blessing.

“We’re going to walk in to How Can I Keep From Singing, which was used in an advert for Waitrose, part of the same company as John Lewis,” said Sue.