Cafe couple plan to tie the knot after school get-together

Cafe couple plan to tie the knot after school get-together

LOVEBIRDS Sian Makepeace and David Dawson are getting married after a school reunion put them back in touch.

The couple, both 46, even named their fledgling Batley business on Branch Road the Reunion Café in honour of how they finally got together.

And the wedding reception tomorrow (Sat) is at the high school where they first met more than 30 years ago.

The event is down in Yeovil, where they grew up, and comes after David quit his job as a postman in Somerset to be with Sian.

They met again in 2011 when divorced mum-of-four Sian, of Wakefield, organised a school reunion in her home town.

The pair hit it off and David, also divorced, decided to make up for lost time by moving north without even a job to go to.

Caterer Sian also happened to be at a career crossroads and so they decided to set up in business together in Batley.

She said of the reunion: “We were both recently divorced and neither of us were looking for a relationship, but it just happened.” Dad-of-two David was not even going to attend, having grown tired of friends trying to fix him up on nights out.

But he had a last-minute change of heart and had his world turned upside down at the class of 1983 bash.

Sian joked of his move to West Yorkshire: “He was a real fish out of water at first. The furthest north he’d been before was Bristol!”

David though liked Batley and the couple are now house hunting in the town to be closer to their business.

The Reunion Café, which serves everything from breakfasts to home-cooked meals and gourmet coffee, is closed until Tuesday for the wedding.

The reception at Yeovil’s Preston Academy features classic school games refereed by their former PE teacher.

Sian said: “The school isn’t usually hired out, but the headteacher was bowled over by the story of how we got together.

“And we didn’t even mix much at school as we were part of different crowds.

“I was a bit of a geek and he was sporty. It’s funny how life works out.”

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