HUSBAND AND WIFE SCOOP TOP PRIZE
by NEIL GREENLEES
Romantic couple - Connie and Lilian Wright.
A LISBURN husband and wife have been judged
the most romantic couple to pass through the doors of one of
Northern Ireland's busiest shopping centres on Valentine's Day.
Connie and Lilian Wright who have been
married for 46 years were enjoying a bit of retail therapy in
the Park Centre on February 14 when they came upon a `Mr and
Mrs' type event being run in the complex by the Dunmurry based
organisation 'Race Against Multiple Scelerosis' (RAMS).
A long with other couples they each answered
a variety of questions posed by the charity's manager Billy Joe
Beck and were surprised and delighted to take first place.
As well as jewellery they received a bottle
of wine and bouquet of flowers. They are also due to enjoy a
romantic meal for two, complete with wine, in a Park Centre
Indeed, as Mr. Wright explained, wine
featured in the experience they described to Billy Joe as their
most romantic - a break in Paris organised for them by their
five children which included a memorable dinner cruise along the
River Seine. "When we got on to the boat each table had a bottle
of red wine and bottle of white wine," he said.
"A few of the tables round about us were
empty and I asked if I could swap the white wine for a bottle of
"But when the red was finished I asked the
waiter if we could try the white and he gave us a bottle of it
"Our trip to Paris was really very romantic
and we both enjoyed it very much."
Mr. and Mrs. Wright met at the Plaza Ballroom
in Belfast's Chichester Street - one of the city's leading
nightspots during the 1950's and 1960's.
They discovered they were both employees of
the Monarch Laundry and were married in Great Victoria Street
Initially, they lived in Belfast before moving out to
Glenmore. They recently moved again to one of the new bungalows
constructed by the Ulidia Housing Association off Knockmore Road
and are very happy in their new home.