Love finds a way to re-unite Larbert couple

John Binnie and Julie McSorley, the winners of our Valentine competition
John Binnie and Julie McSorley, the winners of our Valentine competition
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Romance is in the air every time one couple get together.

After more than 30 years apart, John Binnie and Julie McSorley are determined never to be separated again.

This Valentine’s Day marks their first as an engaged couple after John (48) popped the question last December. The fact he chose to ask Julie (47) to be his wife while they were inside a giant snow globe in Edinburgh’s Princess Street gardens shows he is determined not to lose the romantic ‘spark’.

Last month, The Falkirk Herald teamed up with local businesses to find the district’s most loved-up pair.

The couple’s story so impressed the judges that, despite some stiff competition, they were selected as the winners. They will now be treated to a makeover, slap-up meal and have photographs taken to capture the event.

To ensure they are looking their best, Stacey Leigh Spalding will provide full evening make-up, while Debbie Flood will do hair styling. Lucky Julie will receive a beautiful Jolaby dress provided by Jill Laidlaw of Bamboo Boutique in Lower Newmarket Street.

They will then enjoy a fabulous night out with a great meal at the town centre’s latest eating place, Johnston’s Bar and Bistro in Lint Riggs.

The lucky pair will also be photographed at a location of their choice by Emma Gray.

A delighted John, of Campbell Drive, Larbert, said he and Julie were childhood sweethearts at Ladeside Primary School.

He said: “I can remember vividly taking her to a dance in a scout hall and saying ‘we will be together one day’. Unfortunately, we drifted apart and got on with our lives.

“But last year, we met again through Facebook and started going out. We love each other very much, always holding hands and make a point of going out on a date at least once a week. We always say ‘I love you’ to each other every day.”

John, who works in Abuzz mobility goods shop in Falkirk, has two daughters from his marriage, while Julie, a carer with Falkirk Council, has been married twice previously.

Looking forward to enjoying their great prize, John added: “She is the love of my life and I would do anything for her.”