Pair go back to school to tie the knot

Marcus Turner and Katie Holmes-former Kings School pupils who became the first to get married in the chapel at the Tynemouth school.

Marcus Turner and Katie Holmes-former Kings School pupils who became the first to get married in the chapel at the Tynemouth school.

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A COUPLE went back to school, but this time they were tying the knot rather than knotting the old school tie.

Katie Holmes, 28, and Marcus Turner, 30, met while they were in the sixth form at the King’s School in Tynemouth.

And they have now returned to the Huntingdon Place school to get married in its chapel after securing a special licence.

Their wedding was the first to be held at the King’s School in the near century and a half it has been based in Tynemouth.

Katie left the school in 2001, a year after Marcus, and they dated for three years before splitting up in 2003.

After seeing each other around several times over the years, they got back together in 2007.

Marcus proposed to Katie on Tynemouth Pier after going out on a run together to recreate the times, years earlier, that they competed in the school’s annual pier relay.

Katie said: “We wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for the school, and we had so many great times there.

“We wanted to get married where we had a connection, and we thought there was no better place than where we met – at the school.”

The wedding was almost a school reunion with most of the guests being former pupils, and ex-teachers who taught the pair also attended.

Katie, a medical rep for six years, said: “Due to the fact that so many people involved in the wedding were former King’s people, we thought it would be lovely to ask our ex-teachers to also be involved.”

Marcus, a retail worker, added: “Definitely the best thing about being at King’s for me was all the friends I made and the opportunities for sport.

“As a year group, we went through a lot together, which brought us very close, and I am still friends with a lot of people from my year.

“It was great coming back to the school for the wedding and meeting up with our teachers.

“We live in North Shields, so we will continue to pop in from time to time and say hello.”

Headmaster Edward Wesson said: “It was lovely to host our first alumni wedding.

“The chapel and garden made a special setting, the weather held and there was a real King’s atmosphere. It was a memorable occasion for all concerned.”