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Cliff suicide saviour remarries
Keith Lane
Keith Lane patrols the cliffs where his former wife died every day
A man who has talked people out of committing suicide during patrols of the cliffs where his former wife died has remarried.

More than 100 friends and relatives saw Keith Lane, 55, marry Val Thoroghood in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on Saturday.

Mr Lane has made twice-daily visits to Beachy Head cliffs since his former wife, Maggie, died there in March 2004.

Her body was found 150ft down the cliffs. An open verdict was recorded at her inquest.

Mr Lane, a window cleaner who lives in Eastbourne, believes he has stopped 18 people committing suicide since he began patrolling the cliffs.

He has received a Royal Humane Society award and plaudits from local police.

I'm a living example that it is possible to turn your life around
Keith Lane

Maggie Lane had been in the grip of a drink-fuelled depression when she drove her car to Beachy Head. She had taken a cocktail of alcohol and pills before her death.

Mr Lane said his remarriage proved it was possible to find happiness after despair.

"After all I've been through over the past 18 months, this is a dream come true," he said.

"The wedding was absolutely brilliant and I never thought I would find true love again after Maggie. But it has happened and I couldn't be happier."

Mr Lane met Val in a pub last summer and three weeks later proposed during a romantic trip to Paris.

"We have become inseparable ever since," he said. "She means the world to me and is like a breath of fresh air.

"I'm a living example that it is possible to turn your life around."

'Amazing man'

The couple are taking a six-week round-the-world honeymoon, taking in the US, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

But Mr Lane intends to resume his visits to the cliffs on his return.

The new Mrs Lane, who has Parkinson's disease, said: "Keith is an amazing man and I'm so glad we found each other.

"He just seems to have an amazing instinct for spotting people who are in trouble with their emotions.

"We have both been through tough times but at last we feel we can move on and live life happily."

Mr Lane saved a woman's life at Beachy Head only a week after Maggie died.

He was at Beachy Head when he noticed a woman who seemed to be in distress scribbling a letter and rugby-tackled her as she ran towards the cliff edge.

He has since set up a charity in his former wife's name to raise funds and to campaign for 24-hour patrols of the eight-mile stretch of cliff.

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