London, Sept 18 : 'True love is never lost' certainly holds true for teenage sweethearts Christine Orchard and Chester Locke, who dated in 1960s, and got reunited after almost 40 years, all thanks to the efforts of their grown-up child.
Christine's parents forced her to split with Chester after she fell pregnant by Chester at 16 and ordered him never to contact Christine or their child Tracey.
While baby Tracey was brought up by Christine's parents, she and Chester both married other partners and raised families But, after the death of her grandparents, Tracey, now 40, traced her dad and eventually fixed a surprise meeting with her mum.
Despite the missing years they fell in love all over again, and later this month Christine, now 57, and 64-year-old Chester will wed and fulfil their long-held dream of living together.
"There was always quite a lot of hoo-ha about Chester because of the age difference. My mum and her sisters told me if I wanted to keep the baby they would bring her up but I was to stay away from Chester. Mum told me if I saw him in the street I should walk away," The Sun quoted an overjoyed Christine, as saying.
Both of them divorced last year, were reunited by Tracey who found Chester living near in Taunton, Somerset. "It felt very safe going back to someone I already knew. I suppose in a way we were reliving our youth," said Christine.
Sawmill worker Chester said: "Christine's the love of my life - I couldn't be happier."
Single Tracey, who has three children of her own, said: "It's a new beginning for the whole family."