Love is ... sharing the faith

7th May 2004 at 01:00
There was no bridal suite, no honeymoon resort, no time to reflect quietly on spending the rest of her life with the man she loves.

Instead, at 9.30am on her first full day of married life Veronicah Welsh was in a conference hall listening to headteachers debate the school workforce agreement.

At least she knew that her new husband Mike was besotted - with the National Association of Head Teachers.

"No greater love has a man for his association than to leave his wedding and bring his wife to conference for her honeymoon," declared the head of Goddard Park primary, Swindon.

Mr Welsh thanked his bride for her understanding and love before seconding a motion on funding the workforce agreement. The couple met six years ago when he went on a trip to his school's twin school in Nairobi organised by Veronicah, a travel agent from the Kenyan city.

"It is a unique honeymoon," said Veronicah after her husband's speech. Part two of it will be in Scotland over half-term.

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