Couple's perfect recipe for true love

LOVE is in the air.

With St Valentine's Day fast approaching, the Fylde coast is getting all loved-up, so what is your lover going to bring you by way of a surprise gift?

Well how about fresh strawberries and gooey chocolate ... in a sandwich!

For those are the ingredients (together with mascarpone cheese) in a new focaccia sandwich made by Squires Gate-based food company Ashberry to celebrate St Valentine's Day.

The snack food firm decided to make the special sarnie when it became known that two of its staff – John and Sue Oliver – had been together for 25 years.

Managing director Stuart Berry chose to mark the occasion with the specially-commissioned sandwich for St Valentine's Day to prove romance is still alive at the Fylde coast's biggest sandwich makers. Production worker Sue and husband John, who works in despatch, both keep their love alive by "being honest and doing everything together".

The couple, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, who have four sons and two granddaughters, have worked at Ashberry for 18 months.

Mr Oliver, 45, said: "I think it is fantastic they have created this special sandwich to celebrate our 25 years together. It is a great honour to have been the inspiration.

"I have tasted the sandwich and I must say it tastes a lot nicer than it looks. When I first saw it I was not sure, after all it is quite an unusual combination."

When asked what the most romantic thing about John was, Sue, 43, replied "his caring manner".

John added: "Everything about Sue is romantic!"

The sandwiches will be distributed to retailers throughout the North West.

They say love is a roller coaster.

But it will be all up and no downs for Nicholas Thompson, son of Pleasure Beach managing director, Geoffrey Thompson OBE, who has married his fiance Stina Dahslrud in a private ceremony full of winter wonder on the Norwegian slopes.

Nick met his new bride through friends at the fun park.

Norwegian-born Stina opted for a traditional Alpine-theme and sub zero temperatures to exchange vows after arriving on a sleigh bedecked with fur and was joined by close friends and members of the Thompson and Dahslrud families.

The happy couple honeymooned in Mauritius and on their return to England, Mr Thompson held a spectacular reception for his son and new daughter-in-law at the Paradise Room.