Saturday 18 January 2020

Couple handed memento of place they fell in love - a bus stop

Ally Hussein, 41, admired future wife Michala, 40, each day as she waited for a bus home at the stop in Gloucester Road, Bristol.

He eventually plucked up the courage to say hello and the pair chatted daily, before Mr Hussein asked her out.

The couple married three years ago and always remember the spot where they fell in love, close to Mr Hussein's business, the Blue Lagoon bar.

Their friend, Tat Mersy, contacted Bristol City Council after hearing that the bus stop, Zetland Road Junction, was to be replaced.

The council agreed to her request for a part of the stop to be handed over to the couple because of its significance to them.

Today, representatives from the council and bus shelter supplier Clear Channel UK presented the pair with the bus stop flag and seat.

"Every day I used to see her at the same time in the same place and really wanted to get to know her so one day I took the opportunity to say hello," Mr Hussein said.

"Our daily chats led to me asking her out properly. We've now been married for three years but I'll never forget how we met and it's wonderful that we can keep a little bit of our history forever."

Mr Hussein first spotted her eight years ago as she waited for her bus after leaving her job in a nearby flower shop.

Ms Mersy heard that the bus stop was being replaced through a letter drop in the area about work on The Promenade in Gloucester Road.

The bus stop, for services heading north along the A38, is due to be replaced as part of a £30,000 improvement scheme.

She wrote to the council's passenger transport team, saying : "Whilst I don't object to its being relocated I would ask you to spare a thought for Mr Aly and Mrs Michala Hussein. Aly has run the successful Blue Lagoon bar for years and met and wooed his future wife, Michala, at that bus stop outside the bar.

"Michala has said that seeing the bus stop go is very emotional for them both.

"Could you possibly find it in your hearts to gift them a small piece of the bus stop? I know they would be very touched at such a generous gesture from the council."

Belfast Telegraph

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