Both aged 13, Annette Livingstone and Simon Smyth had the usual dates at ice rinks and the cinema – and then lost touch.
But almost 20 years later, along came Friends Reunited.
“I think he must have always been in the back of my mind,” Carolyn said.
They fell pregnant with Friends Reunited’s first baby, Dylan.
For 15 years it has been reuniting pals, family and star-crossed lovers – as well as occasionally wreaking havoc for the happily married...
But today, Friends Reunited announced it was set to close.
Launched to help friends reconnect in the ‘olden days’ before Facebook and Linkedin dominated the World Wide Web, it was one of the first social networks online.
But unable to compete with its all-encompassing rivals, founder Steve Pankhurst confirmed the site can no longer cover its costs and must fold.
Trainee accountant Annette, a divorcee living with her daughter Paige in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, said she wasn’t looking for romance when she sent him a message – but Simon said his ‘heart skipped a beat’ when it landed in his inbox.He was only living a mile away, the pair met and their feelings came rushing back.