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Floods, delays and even a broken arm: no match for Valentines love

Preparations are underway in time for the wedding this afternoon Credit: ITV News Border

A couple due to get married at Gretna Green today, on Valentine's Day, have overcome setback after setback to arrive in Dumfries and Galloway in time for their big day.Jo King and Chris Watts from Buckingham faced train delays due to flooding in the South of England.

Chris Watts and Jo King have finally reached Gretna in time for their wedding Credit: ITV News Border

They then missed a connecting train to Gretna, and had to get a taxi to their hotel in time to pick up their marriage paperwork.Bride-to-be Jo fractured her elbow whilst out walking her dog last week, and is now wearing a sling.

Chris and Jo will get married later this afternoon Credit: ITV News Border

It all began last Valentine's Day when the couple got engaged, but they were both so ill they couldn't even make it out for dinner together.

Jo says "Last Wednesday, I just thought it wasn't going to happen. But Chris was adamant that we were going to be in Gretna Green on Valentine's Day for our wedding, and said he would drive all night if he had to! I have a special bling sling for my arm to make it blend in a bit more!"

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Couple finally make it to Gretna Green

Chris and Jo have finally made it to Gretna Green Credit: ITV News Border

A couple have finally made it to Gretna Green after days of bad luck.

Chris Watts and wife-to-be Jo have been trying to get to Gretna from Buckingham so they could get married today, Valentine's Day.

But, they've been hindered by bad-luck along the way. Jo broke her arm two days ago and they've been struggling with flooding at home and the consequences of the bad weather whilst trying to travel north for their big day.

They've managed it, with a bit of help from good samaritans along the way.

Love is in the air across our region

Valentine's Day is just a week away, so if you've not booked the restaurant or bought the card, t may be a good time to start thinking about it.

But we probably don't need to remind you, because it appears we're the most romantic people in the country.

Research by the Royal Mail found that people living in Dumfries and Galloway, and north Cumbria, posted more Valentine's Day cards than anyone else last year.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Our region home the most romantic people in the UK

Carlisle mail centre saw a 32% increase, all thought to be Valentines Day cards Credit: PA

Our regions been been named the most romantic place in the UK.

Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway, which is home to the UK's marriage capital Gretna Green, topped the list after Royal Mail analysed mail volumes in its centres over Valentines Day last year.

The Carlisle mail centre, which serves both counties, saw a 32% increase, most of which are thought to be Valentines Day cards.

D&G and Carlisle most romantic places in UK

Dumfries and Galloway and Carlisle have been declared the most romantic regions in the whole of the UK, and Scotland.

The results, from a study conducted by Royal Mail, looked at how many Valentines Day cards were sent last year.

Dumfries and Galloway postcodes joined Cumbria at the top of the 'league table of love'.

Lovestruck residents in the regions saw the largest increase in first class mail in the run up for Valentines Day 2013, an increase of 32%.

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