Two young lovers who went their separate ways have tied the knot after reuniting more than fifty years later.

IT WAS a true fairytale romance as long-lost lovers Heather Parkin and Brian Harris tied the knot on April 13.

Heather, 74, and Brian, 77, were once engaged when they were 17 and 21, but went their separate ways when Brian had to move away.

But, more than 50 years later, Heather heard that Brian was back in Barnstaple through a mutual acquaintance.

She asked her friend to pass her number to him, and on August 23, 2011, her birthday, he called.

The couple were engaged some three-weeks later and were married finally at Merton All Saints’ Church.

Back from their honeymoon in Jersey, Heather said: “It is like a fairytale, I still can’t quite believe what has happened. People say I am daft, but it really was love at first sight when we laid eyes on each other again.

“I had said I’d never marry again after losing my first husband, Marvin Parkin, nearly nine years ago.

“But, much to the shock of my children, I just knew we were meant to be together and that was that.”

Heather was given away by her son, Paul Parkin, and attended to by maid of honour Caroline Johnson and page boy Jamie Johnson.

The best man was Brian Stacey, and the couple held their reception at Merton Village Hall.