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Couple who met on a coach 30-years-ago relive the moment for their silver anniversary

Simon and Joanne got chatting on a coach 30-years-ago. Credit: National Express

A couple who met on a National Express coach 30-years-ago have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip down memory lane.

Simon and Joanne Jones, from Whaley Bridge, got to relive the moment they first met on a vintage National Express coach, just like the one that brought them together 30 years ago.

The couple were evacuated from their home in August due to the collapse of the Whaley Bridge Dam.

Joanne said: "It was great to be able to celebrate with National Express. There is so much bad news in the world now, it is nice to hear something positive.

"We have been married 25 years this year and have National Express and the M1 to thank for that."

Credit: National Express

The couple met when Joanne was travelling from Manchester down to her home town of Crawley and Simon, who was on his way to Gatwick Airport for a holiday to Magaluf, took the empty seat next to her at the back of the coach.

Joanne added: "I remember he was listening to Madonna on his walkman. It was very loud.

"The driver made an announcement about a delay and Simon took his headphones off to ask what he had said.

"We talked the rest of the way to London and exchanged addresses when we got to Victoria.

"That week I received a postcard from Simon from Magaluf which I still have to this day. A month later we went on our first date and the rest is history."

The pair, who met when they were just 25 and 26 years old, were in a long-distance relationship for two years and made their relationship work thanks to weekly visits using National Express.