RACETRACK ROMANCE: Nick and Naomi Rose, of McLeans Ridges, with their 18-month-old son Olly, will attend tomorrow’s Lismore Cup meeting where they had their first kiss in 1998, and on the day they celebrate their wedding anniversary.
RACETRACK ROMANCE: Nick and Naomi Rose, of McLeans Ridges, with their 18-month-old son Olly, will attend tomorrow’s Lismore Cup meeting where they had their first kiss in 1998, and on the day they celebrate their wedding anniversary. David Nielsen

Couple's punt on love turns out a winner

SPRINGTIME is for lovers and McLeans Ridges couple Nick and Naomi Rose are no exception.

The pair will celebrate 11 years of romance and four years of marriage tomorrow at the Lismore Cup.

The annual horse race features highly in their love life. After all, it was at The Cup on September 24, 1998, where the young couple first kissed.

And a year later, at the same venue on the same date, the young lovers were caught on camera with their photograph published in this newspaper.

In fact, the Lismore Spring Racing Carnival featured so strongly in their love life back in those early years that the pair picked the date for their wedding - September 24.

This year the Cup will again be held on the couple's wedding anniversary, and 11 years after their romance blossomed the pair will celebrate a new anticipation - the birth of their second child, due about Christmas.

The Northern Star photographer Jacklyn Wagner snapped a photo of the pair at the Cup 10 years ago, with Nick romantically placing a high-heeled shoe upon his lover's foot.

The image caught our attention a decade later and we tracked down this couple to learn their story.

In fact, Nick and Naomi were photographed in the middle of a lover's spat, in which Naomi had refused to wear her uncomfortable shoes while the pair drank and socialised in the Canberra Hotel marquee.

Being a concerned partner, Nick insisted Naomi wear those high-heels.

“There was a lot of broken glass around,” he recalled yesterday.

But the only way Naomi would wear her shoes was if Nick placed them on her feet.

“I probably had a bit to drink,” Naomi recalled. “After all, the girls and I started with champagne for breakfast.”

For the couple who both went to high school in Lismore, the Cup remains a time to catch up on old acquaintances.



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