Just before Christmas we put a call out for alumni who had met their other half at City.
In celebration of St. Valentine’s Day tomorrow, here is a small selection of those stories. If you met your partner at City, please post your own story below – we would love to hear from you!
Jacqui Brookes OBE:
“David and I have been married for 40 years, having met at City University in the early 1970s. David was studying Mechanical Engineering and I was an Industrial Chemist; both were sandwich courses. We married in December 1972. Subsequently David became BP’s Chief Engineer for sub-sea systems, travelling the world, and I was the CEO of the Federation of Communication Services telecoms trade association, receiving the OBE in 2007. We have two daughters and now two grandchildren. I have recently retired but David continues in BP”.
Jennifer Chilton (née Bond):
“Not only did I meet my husband in the Optometry department at City, but my parents also met there! I went to City University in 1973 to study Optometry and my husband, Colin Chilton, was in his final year in the same department. We have been married for over 30 years and have both been Partners in independent Optometry practices in Nottingham.
My parents, Tom Bond and Brenda Hiorns, also met in the Optometry department at City (although it was still the Northampton Polytechnic then) in 1948. There were only four women on the course in those days, and I believe two of the others also met their husbands there – Nancy met Gerald Dunn (later to become head of the Optometry department at City) and Joan met Brian Harvey.”
My wife Clare and I met within a few weeks of starting our Optometry course in 1975. I didn’t know how to wash a jumper, and Clare kindly agreed to do it for me. I asked her to The Presidents Ball in return. We were inseparable from then on. We were, in fact, in the same tutor group, and our pictures on the Optics Department noticeboard were actually next to each other. We were convinced somebody would draw a heart around them at some point, but (sadly?) nobody ever did! We graduated together, and went on the General Optical Council register together and became Freeman of The SMC, and later The City together.
We married in 1980, and now run one of the top optometry practices in the UK together in Cheltenham, having won multiple awards, and currently being ‘Britain’s Best loved Opticians’. We were the first practice to specialise in children with learning difficulties in the UK, and hold the probably unique distinction of having patients who have attended the practice in over 60 countries! In addition, I now lecture all over the world, and we also run a satellite clinic in Dubai three times a year.