Couple’s sentimental journey to Lynn college

Jefri Hussain and Raja Mazneeta Ariff at the College of West Anglia: Pictures: CWA

Jefri Hussain and Raja Mazneeta Ariff at the College of West Anglia: Pictures: CWA - Credit: Archant

A Malaysian couple have taken a trip down memory lane to the college where they fell in love more than 30 years ago.

Jefri Hussain and Raja Mazneeta Ariff, both 52, were teenagers when they arrived at the Norfolk College of Art and Technology in King's Lynn in September 1982.

It's now known as the College of West Anglia and the couple returned for the first time on the 25th anniversary of their wedding on Monday.

Back in 1982, they were among 11 students who made up one of seven batches sent by the Malaysian government to do A-levels at the college.

Mr Hussain said: 'I remember the college being much simpler in those days. It's much bigger now and there are more buildings. I can remember the tutorial room and accounting and the current reception used to be the maths class.

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'It was quite emotional coming back and it brought back a lot of memories. King's Lynn train station looked much brighter.

'We both remember our teacher Anthony Watkins, who was Welsh and we struggled with his accent.

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'I thought everybody was very friendly back then and we had good teachers. Everyone made us feel welcome and invited us into their homes.

'While we were very excited to be in England, it was a bit scary because we had never been away from our parents before.'

The couple had first met in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur before their flight to the UK.

Mr Hussain said: 'We had to introduce ourselves. I thought, 'I like the looks of that', but she was not so impressed.

'I'm a very shy person, so it took a lot of work before we went out together.'

In fact, it was not until the second year that they ventured out on a date.

He added: 'I remember I gave her my favourite record, The Stranger by Billy Joel, and our first date was at an Indian restaurant in Lynn. We then went to the cinema to see Footloose. We always enjoyed walking in the park. We had a great time at college.'

They did well in their A-levels, receiving the Norfolk County Scholar award, before going on to study at separate UK universities, and then going home to Malaysia, where they married on December 19, 1991. Both are now freelance Malaysian/English translators.

The couple are due to spend the rest of their holiday in London before returning to Malaysia on December 29.

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