Tuesday 24 October 2017

Man uses banners to declare love

Paul Kendall waits for his wife at the finishing line in Brighton
Paul Kendall waits for his wife at the finishing line in Brighton

A husband desperate to avert a divorce placed large banners along the London to Brighton Bike Ride route to express his love for his wife.

IT engineer Paul Kendall, 36, said he hoped the four 12ft by 3ft signs would "melt the heart" of his wife of four years, Zoe Kendall, and convince her of his love.

But after reaching the finish line on Brighton seafront, he failed to gain the warm response he was hoping for and they headed home separately.

The couple, who got together 10 years ago, are living apart in Leicestershire after 34-year-old veterinary surgeon Mrs Kendall initiated divorce proceedings.

Keen to avoid a permanent split, Mr Kendall secretly placed the banners along the 54-mile route for her to spot as she cycled in aid of charity.

They featured touching messages of love and support for his wife and smiling pictures of them and their two young children, aged five and seven, in happier times.

One read: "Zoe, I accept I've made mistakes. Please, forgive me!"

Another said: "Zoe, the bond that we both share could be deeper and stronger than ever. Give us that chance and allow our bond of love to blossom again."

The third sign read: "Unite us and our family so we may love, laugh and grow together. Why take advantage of us, let's take advantage of life. I love you Zoe! I always have and always will x."

But after his wife crossed the finish line, Mr Kendall said: "It hasn't gone according to plan. I didn't even get a peck on the cheek. We had a small bit of chit-chat. She said she wants to talk about it, but I don't hold out much hope."

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