Photo gallery: Loved-up Great Yarmouth man thanks Sundown Festival for introducing him to his “one true love”

One of the biggest events in Norwich's summer calendar will always be remembered by one man as the place where he found love.

As popular names in British music prepare to grace the stage at the Sundown Festival on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2 at Norfolk Showground – formerly the Norfolk Spectacular – Norfolk's Chris Coleby is looking forward to revisiting where he met his 'one true love'.

Mr Coleby, 36, from Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, wrote to the organisers of the festival, thanking them for the best day of his life, when he found Londoner Chrissie Jones, 28, while watching Tinchy Stryder perform.

Mr Coleby, who worked at the former TNG Training in Duke Street, Norwich, said: 'She was so beautiful and had an amazing smile. I could not take my eyes off her.

'I asked her to join me on the big funfair ride as my mates would not. Even though it was raining heavily she accepted. For some reason it felt like I'd known her for ever. We were dancing in the rain, laughing, drinking and jumping on all the mad rides. We started talking on the phone and messaging each other every night and before we knew it we were deep in love. We are spontaneous people who share a love of music, gigs and festivals.'

He has now moved to London to be with his love.

'We regularly discuss our first day, how we met and how extraordinary it was. Love at first sight does exist, we just clicked thanks to the festival.

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'We are ecstatic about the festival this year and would love the chance to buy VIP tickets to mark our one year anniversary in style.

'I want to make her dream come true and make it better than last year, if that is possible.'

This year will see the winners of Live & Unsigned 2012 – one of the largest music competitions in the country – performing at the festival. Overall winners CoCo and the Butterfields – whose style blends hip-hop, folk and pop – will perform the opening set on the main stage on the first day. Also on Saturday's main stage is the Under-18 category winner of Open Mic 2011 (a spin-off competition from Live & Unsigned), Hatty Keane, who has since performed alongside Tinchy Stryder, Ed Sheeran and Wretch32.

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- To re-live last year's festival, then the Norfolk Spectacular, see the photo gallery at the top-right of this page.

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