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Monday, 14 February, 2000, 12:24 GMT
Couple win Valentine's Day divorce

Kath and Darren Wilson Kath and Darren Wilson toast their success


Valentine's Day is supposed to be the most romantic occasion of the year - but one couple have been celebrating with champagne for an entirely different reason.

Darren Wilson and his wife Kath Rose have won a divorce in a radio competition run by a presenter who says he's fed up with the usual Valentine's Day fare.

The couple had to tell listeners why they were sick of living with each other. They beat off tough competition from one wife who told listeners that her husband wore his underpants inside out so he could use each pair twice before washing them.


It's not in bad taste. Divorce happens every day
Kath Rose
Mr Wilson, a 31-year-old lorry driver, said their white wedding at a church in Sale in 1994 had turned into an unhappy marriage.

"Things went wrong immediately," he said. "We met each other too young. I think that was the problem."

Ms Rose listed her husband's annoying habits, including hogging the TV remote control and leaving the toilet seat in an upright position.

Mexico

She said winning the divorce made it a sad day, but she denied that the competition was in bad taste.

"Divorce happens every day. It's a fact of life," she said. "If we had children I think it might have been in bad taste and I wouldn't have entered, but I'm glad I did enter and we've won."

As well as the divorce itself, their prize includes two "divorce-moon" holidays, which will enable them to go away with their new partners.

Both have chosen Mexico as their destination but Mr Wilson stressed they'd be seeking out resorts at opposite ends of the country.

The contest was run by the independent station, Key 103, in Manchester. Breakfast presenter Mike Toolan said he decided to go ahead with it as he was sick of chocolates, flowers and the usual Valentine's Day gifts.
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