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Love is in the air - Dreamliners named after romantic Kent couple

Thomson Airways are naming the Dreamliners after a Kent couple Credit: Thomson Airways

Thomson Airways have revealed the names for their eighth and ninth Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The aircraft will be named as ‘Mr Patmore’ and ‘Mrs Patmore’, after a nationwide search to find the most romantic tale.

Thomson Airways launched the search to find a great love story in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. The married couple, Chris and Hayley Patmore from Ramsgate in Kent, entered the #DreamlinerLove competition by sharing their story via the Thomson Facebook page.

Chris and Hayley Patmore Credit: Thomson Airways

They had the aircraft named after them and received a £1000 holiday voucher, beating off hundreds of entries. Mr and Mrs Patmore’s love story started 22 years ago when they met on holiday with their families in Great Yarmouth when they were both just 13 years old. The pair kept their teenage romance alive by writing to one another, but the teens lost contact after a year. However the sparks flew three years later when they were reunited on the very same holiday. As an added romantic note, several years later, Mrs Patmore viewed an old holiday video of herself as a three-year-old on a swing. She noticed that the little boy on the swing next to her was her future husband - but they weren’t to meet for another 10 years!

It was love at first slight for Chris and Hayley Credit: Thomson Airways

Last year we were really proud to welcome two more 787 Dreamliners onto our revolutionary fleet. Receiving delivery of two aircraft offered us a unique opportunity to name them as a pair, an opportunity which we gave back to our customers. The response to the #DreamlinerLove competition was overwhelming. Mr and Mrs Patmore’s story captured our attention and we look forward to taking the newly named aircraft to the skies.

– John Murphy, Managing Director, Thomson Airways

We are all so excited to have our family name on the Dreamliner. It's a once in a lifetime prize. We will use our prize to take our children on holiday for our wedding anniversary - maybe to beautiful Cyprus where we married in 2010!

– Hayley Patmore