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Woman looks on social media for a handyman
- and finds a husband

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:25 05 August 2019

Neil Sadler and Carol Tungate had been in the same school year at Hellesdon High School, but connected years later. Picture: Carol Tungate

Neil Sadler and Carol Tungate had been in the same school year at Hellesdon High School, but connected years later. Picture: Carol Tungate

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A Norwich mother found love on Facebook after venting frustrations over Christmas fairy lights on a community group.

Neil Sadler and Carol Tungate reconnected on a Norwich Facebook group. Picture: Carol TungateNeil Sadler and Carol Tungate reconnected on a Norwich Facebook group. Picture: Carol Tungate

Carol Tungate, a mother of a son from Taverham, was having problems with her fairy lights in December 2011 when she decided to post a message about it on the Thorpe Marriott (Drayton & Taverham) community page on Facebook - only to end up with a future husband.

The 52-year-old said: "I was having a rough time and my son was not helping me so I went on Facebook. All of a sudden, Neil popped up and said 'I think I'm local to you and I'm free, would you like a hand?' I said 'yes' straightaway."

When Neil Sadler, also 52, showed up on the doorstep thirty minutes later, Ms Tungate, a teaching assistant, was not just relieved.

Carol Tungate and Neil Sadler pictured on their wedding day at Norwich Castle. Picture: Carol TungateCarol Tungate and Neil Sadler pictured on their wedding day at Norwich Castle. Picture: Carol Tungate

She said: "When I opened the front door I recognised him - but I don't think he recognised me. I said to him that I thought he looked familiar and that we went to school together."

It turned out that Ms Tungate and Mr Sadler, an HGV driver, had both been in the same year group at Hellesdon High School in the eighties, although their paths didn't cross at the time.

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Ms Tungate said: "He was the quiet one at the back of the classroom you didn't notice and we had different circles of friends. He was lovely but not my type. I wouldn't have ever thought that love would happen years later."

But after fixing the fairy lights and a few weeks of text messaging, Mr Sadler took Ms Tungate on a lunch date at the Marsham Arms on Holt Road after Christmas in 2011.

Ms Tungate said: "It was a very relaxed date and there was a lot of laughter. We chatted for a long time so we started seeing each other regularly."

After seven years together, 
Mr Sadler popped the question 
on New Year's Day in 2018 while the couple were watching 
the London fireworks on television at home.

Ms Tungate said: "Neil got 
down on two knees. I cried and was in shock but it was a lovely surprise. I love fireworks and always watched them. It was the perfect time."

The couple, who want to thank family and friends, tied the knot 
at Norwich Castle on Friday, August 2.

The new bride said: "I still 
don't regret that we didn't get together in our school days. 
I wouldn't change anything because we wouldn't have been who we are today."

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