The New Year couldn’t have started any better for a retired couple who have been given the chance to buy the home of their dreams in their favourite haunt after scooping £1m in the EuroMillions Lottery.
Bernard Grundy, 71, and partner Heather Clarke, 62, had spent Christmas in Wensleydale, where they have a small apartment, before coming home to Hull on Sunday.
Mr Grundy said: “I hadn’t bought our EuroMillions ticket, so nipped to the local paper shop and bought two Lucky Dip lines for the draw along with a bottle of wine.
“We stayed in and watched Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, and at around 1.45am on New Year’s Day I decided to check our tickets on Teletext.
“As the numbers loaded up I couldn’t believe my eyes! I shouted up to Heather to come downstairs, as she had just gone upstairs to start getting ready for bed. We were shocked as we checked and re-checked our ticket. I even fired up the computer to triple check, I typed in our raffle number on The National Lottery website and it said we’d won!”
The pair now plan to buy a home in the Yorkshire Dales and Bernard, who is a keen fisherman, plans to splash out on some new fishing tackle along with a new van.
The couple are also looking forward to going on holiday to celebrate his 72nd birthday in February.
A Hull City and Hull FC fan, he retired from his job as a gardener at Coletta & Tyson Garden Centre in 2010, while Heather is a retired primary school teacher.
The couple now enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as rambling in the Yorkshire Dales.
Bernard said: “Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that 2014 would start in this way.
“It really is a dream come true!
“We’re both so excited about moving to Wensleydale – it’s a beautiful spot and we can’t wait to make it our permanent home.”