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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 May, 2003, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Twin town couple to wed
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The couple will marry at Newport Register Office

A couple who met as the result of their home towns being twinned are planning to tie the knot.

Andrew Rock, 28, from Newport spotted 24-year-old Katie Potchkua in November while she was on a visit from her home in Georgia in the former Soviet Union.

During a whirlwind romance, Andrew proposed to Katie, an English student, and the couple are now making their last minute preparations for their wedding which will be held on Wednesday.

"We are really looking forward to it," said sound engineer Andrew.

"It is only going to be a quiet affair because Katie's family can't come over for the day, so we are planning to make a trip over there for the main celebrations."

The couple have booked the wedding for 1400 BST at Newport Register Office.


"We have got a lot of my family coming and one of Katie's cousin's is coming too.

"Katie's host family in Newport are also coming along.

"We are going to have the reception at my parents house and are inviting about 50 people," he said.

The couple met after Andrew saw Katie, who comes from Kutaisi, Georgia's second state, in Newport city centre.

"I was attracted to her so I went up to talk to her and she suggested we went for a drink," he said.

"We have been together ever since and I think we know each other pretty well."

After the wedding the couple are planning to go on honeymoon later in the year and are looking to buy a house together.

Newport has maintained links with Kutaisi, an ancient university town of about 250,000 people since it was twinned in 1989.

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