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In the run up to Valentine’s Day, the team at multi-channel florist Flying Flowers is proud to report that its customers aren’t afraid to be romantic – despite having been with their partners for 30 years or more.

The company, which celebrates its 30th year in the summer, recently launched a fun competition to find couples who’d met the year Flying Flowers was founded – 1981.

Men and women up and down the country were invited to share their romantic tales for the chance to win one of 30 red Rose bouquets or the grand prize of a bouquet every month for a year.

The entries came flooding in and the team behind the brand was thrilled to read romantic stories from some of the nation’s happiest couples. It was a tough decision for the Flying Flowers team but Brian Huddart from Mayfield, Washington scooped the grand prize of a Year of Bouquets.

Brian emailed Flying Flowers his romantic story and the team agreed he was a deserving winner. Brian told the company how his mother was seriously ill before his wedding with wife Carol and despite bringing the date forward, his mum sadly passed away before seeing the pair tie the knot. Having met his wife Carol in a nightclub in January 1981, the pair later married in front of just two friends on New Year’s Eve in 1986. Years later in 2003, Brian surprised Carol by whisking her off to Las Vegas to renew their vows, watched by an Elvis impersonator.

Brian said: “Our family watched it all via a webcam as the two of us danced to Viva Las Vegas!”

Louise Chadwick, Chanel Marketing Manager at Flying Flowers, said: “What we loved about Brian’s story was the fact that he took his wife, Carol, all the way to Las Vegas to ensure her second ‘wedding day’ was more memorable than the first. Brian’s a deserving winner and we all hope Carol loves her prize!

“We’ve loved reading our customers’ romantic stories here at Flying Flowers. We’ve had funny ones, sad ones and happy ones, but the overall message is that romance certainly isn’t dead and our customers have been thrilled with their partner’s romantic gestures over the years. “

Jo Shea from Basingstoke also entered the Flying Flowers competition. She met her husband in 1981, in the fourth year of senior school, and the couple celebrate 30 years of being together on July 7th - followed by their 25th wedding anniversary next year. Jo said: “He [my husband] knows how much I love flowers and even when we couldn’t really afford them he still made an effort to make my day with flowers. We are very lucky to still be so happily married and blessed with two beautiful daughters.”

Jane Barlow from Morecambe had the team welling up at her story about her first love. She said: “Everyone can remember their first love, can’t they? I certainly can. I married him.”

Jane met her husband in 1981, aged just 16, and enjoyed many romantic dates before he proposed on the promenade after a meal at an expensive restaurant. She said: “He gave me a single red rose, beautifully wrapped with ribbon and then he promptly went down on one knee. ‘Will you marry me?’ He said. Throwing my arms around him I shouted: ‘Yes!’ He was everything I had ever wanted.”

Pauline Gibson from Welling, Kent is also no stranger to good old fashioned romance. She told Flying Flowers: “On our second year of marriage on Valentine’s Day we were strapped for cash. John planted some crocus bulbs in a beautiful pot and wrote me a lovely poem that I still have. He said that the crocuses were a representation of our deep love that was still blossoming. We have been married for 25 years this year and John is whisking me off to Venice!”

Flying Flowers is encouraging customers to ‘Make this Valentine’s Day as memorable as they day you met’ by taking a look at the site’s pretty range of Valentine’s flowers. A romantic red Rose bouquet - Valentine’s Simply Classic - features 12 red Roses and Gypsophila and is just £19.99. The Valentine’s range comprises everything from traditional red Rose arrangements to a Dozen Red Tulips, at just £18.99.


Notes to Editors:

With 30 years’ experience, Flying Flowers are experts in flower delivery. With many lines including free UK delivery, Flying Flowers offers a range of traditional blooms for every occasion.

Each story featured in the press release was a Flying Flowers red Rose bouquet prize winner, with Brian Huddart winning the grand prize of a bouquet every month for a year.

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