A York Alumni Love Story: Louise and Chris

Over 20 years ago friends set up Louise and Chris on their first date in Goodricke bar. Today, they’re happily living in Swansea as a wonderful family of three. Louise (History and Politics, 2003) tells Alumni Voices the story of how she met Chris (Maths, 2003)

The first time Chris and I met, I, who was recently heartbroken and very much not looking for another boyfriend, had just been to a lecture by the philosopher Jacques Derrida in Central Hall with my friend Olly. After the lecture, which was totally baffling to me, Richard suggested Olly and I went to The Postern Gate Wetherspoons to meet his housemates and friends.

I found it quite intimidating as two of the girls were having a loud argument about the Middle East, but I do remember I was introduced to Chris by his then nickname of “Fat Lad” – I didn’t get the joke that he really wasn’t. I know, not very funny is it?

After that Olly and I spent a lot of time with Richard’s friends, including Chris, and we started to chat more and more. Eventually, we were all meeting for a drink in Goodricke bar but no one else turned up aside from me and Chris – what a set up! At the end of the night he walked me home to Badger Hill and the rest is history…

Chris is wearing a suit and bow tie and has his arm around Louise who is laughing. They are indoors at an event with people in formal dress in the background.
Louise is wearing a white wedding dress and smiling while holding flowers and hands with Chris, who is smiling and wearing a suit while they walk through an aisle. People look on at them.

We were all meeting for a drink in Goodricke bar, but no one else turned up but me and Chris – what a set up!

We now live together in Swansea. Chris is a maths teacher and obsessive, sorry, highly successful amateur cyclist.

I am a Councillor and our council Cabinet Member for Care services, and I am very involved in local community activities as well as an ardent supporter of Swansea RFC!

We have a nine year old daughter called Ffion who has inherited her dad’s mathematical ability and a bit of her mum’s interest in history – but sadly she’s more passionate about Pokémon than politics.

We have a nine year old daughter called Ffion who has inherited her dad’s mathematical ability and a bit of her mum’s interest in history – but sadly she’s more passionate about Pokémon than politics.

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