Couple ready to frock and roll after reuniting in cyberspace

Douglas and Tracy with the ring-bearer, Belle!
Douglas and Tracy with the ring-bearer, Belle!

ITY’S back to the future for a pair of childhood sweethearts who reunited after 30 years through Facebook and are now ready for a 50s-themed wedding!

Tracy Wardrop and Douglas McAuley were teenagers living in Muirhead when they began dating.

But when Douglas moved away from the area with his family to Blantyre, the young couple lost touch.

Tracy always lived in the Muirhead area, while Douglas moved to Montrose.

They were both married to other people.

Three decades later, Tracy and Douglas, both 48, were brought back together through the social network site, Facebook.

Douglas proposed on New’s Year’s Day this year under a tree where the couple shared their first kiss as teenagers.

The happy pair are now looking forward to their fairytale wedding on September 28 at the Crowwood Hotel, in Muirhead.

Tracy, who works as a nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, said: “Douglas and I went out for six months and he moved away when he was 16-years-old.

“When my dad Hugh died in February 2010 I found it hard to even speak to people at first, so my friends had said to me to use Facebook.

“Douglas added me as a friend and within a couple of weeks we met up for a coffee. From then on it just snowballed.

“My dad always said ‘there’s someone out there for you’. I do think this was my dad sending me someone to share my life with.”

Tracy described the romantic moment when Douglas proposed.

“On New Year’s Day we went a walk in the woods and Douglas went down on one knee in the muck to propose.

“It was where we first kissed all those years ago.”

Tracy and Douglas, who are members of the Rock Till You Drop dance group in Moodiesburn, are having a 40s/50s themed wedding, complete with Tracy wearing an Audrey Hepburn style dress, the men will wear zoot suits and hats.

The couple are having a humanist service and Tracy’s dog Belle will play a part as a ring bearer.

Douglas, who supports deafblind people at Sense Scotland and also has his own record label, said: “When I met Tracy for a coffee I didn’t expect anything to come out of it, but almost immediately we knew there was still something there.

“One day when we were out with Tracy’s eight-year-old grand-daughter she said ‘are you going to marry my gran?, and we had a little pretend ceremony. Maybe that put the idea in my head.”

He added: “It’s a bit of a fairytale. When we moved from Muirhead, the whole family was quite upset about it. “To get back there with my childhood sweetheart, you can’t make it up. I’m a very lucky man.”

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