Wedding bells for Sheffield’s Star-crossed lovers

Craig Veitch, who proposed to his girlfriend of 24 years via an advert in The Star, is pictured with his bride-to-be Sarah Walker, who said yes in an advert she placed a few days later.
Craig Veitch, who proposed to his girlfriend of 24 years via an advert in The Star, is pictured with his bride-to-be Sarah Walker, who said yes in an advert she placed a few days later.
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You’ve heard of love being written in the stars...

Childhood sweethearts Craig Veitch and Sarah Walker ‘agreed’ to get wed almost two decades years ago but never got round to tying the knot.

Seventeen years later, planning their big day at long last, bride-to-be Sarah complained she never actually had an official proposal from Craig.

And with their big day rapidly approaching Craig decided it was time to pop the question properly and placed an ad in The Star’s Classified section – on Friday the 13th of September.

The date might be unlucky for some, but the romantic gesture paid off and Sarah replied with an ad reading ‘Craig, after 24 years – yes’.

Now Craig, aged 40, and Sarah, 38, of Brandreth Road, Hillsborough, are looking forward to sealing the deal.

Plasterer Craig said: “We’ve been together 24 years and I think it was about 17 years ago when we started talking about marriage.

“We started planning the wedding and she reminded me I had never actually proposed. I never actually popped the question.

“It’s been a long time coming so I knew I had to do something special. We get The Star every night so I knew she was going to see it.

“I didn’t realise it was Friday the 13th when I placed the ad, but fortunately I had an idea she was going to say yes. I hope it’s not an omen!

“Sarah’s mum didn’t even realise it was me asking. She thought it was a coincidence that another couple had the same names.”

The pair will tie the knot in front of their children, Henry, 12, and one-year-old Daisy, and around 100 friends and family at the Garrison Hotel, Hillsborough, tomorrow.

They first met as teenagers on a night out in Cairo Jax club in Sheffield.

Craig said: “I was 16 and she was 14, I probably shouldn’t say as we were both underage drinkers.

“There have been no major upsets or anything over the years. We’re both looking forward to finally being married.”