“I was stuck in the house for over twenty years looking after my sick Mam and young son. One day I got a babysitter. I went to Annabel’s rock night in Sunderland city centre. I was sitting in a booth on my own when Nick offered me a flyer. Before long we were playing thumb wars. He totally changed my life. I was stuck in a rut and he helped me to see that it could be different.
We became an item and one day, when we came back from the pub, my guinea pig had gone missing and I was crying on the floor. He blurted out ‘will you marry me?’ I presumed it was just to stop me crying but he was serious.
I found the guinea pig but he’s long gone. We’ve got two young daughters now. You have to listen to the lyrics to this song to really understand why it’s so memorable.”
I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you
Photo: Southwick, Sunderland