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Kidderminster fire officer reunited with long-lost love
7:30am Saturday 22nd September 2012 in Local
A KIDDERMINSTER Fire Officer has been reunited with his long-lost Shropshire love after losing touch while he was away in the army.
Ken Hardiman and Mandy Horvath first met at a Tenby fairground as teenagers in 1980.
The couple got engaged but lost touch after Mr Hardiman was posted to Northern Ireland.
He went on to fight in various warzones including the Gulf War and Bosnia.
Both married other people but after his relationship ended, Mr Hardiman began making pleas on radio stations and scoured Facebook to look for Ms Horvath.
It wasn’t until he looked on the fairground’s page where they first met that he found her.
Mr Hardiman said: “As soon as I saw Mandy’s face I recognised her, even after all these years.
“After we met up in Shrewsbury, I pulled over on my way back home and vowed I was going to marry her and not lose her twice.”
Ms Horvath, a school cook, said: “Within six weeks he proposed and I accepted. It was like we had never been apart. It feels magical.”
The couple tied the knot at the Albrighton Hall Hotel, in Shropshire at a fairground-themed wedding complete with fireworks, fairground carousels and a dodgem-themed cake.
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