High flying couple Howard and Louise to tie the knot

Howard and Louise
Howard and Louise

A high-flying Horncastle couple are set to tie the knot later this month at Woodhall Spa’s St Peter’s Church.

The pair hit the headlines last year after Howard Cooper proposed to his partner Louise Hartley in the cockpit of the RAF BBMF’s Spitfire aircraft.

Living in Horncastle, they both work for Turners and are employed at the RAF base at Coningsby.

Howard works as a maintenance assistant and Louise as a cleaner.

He told the News last year: “We’re both mad about the old aircraft so I thought why not.”

As the couple made plans for their big day on June 14 they asked the RAF BBMF about the possibility of having the Lancaster fly over Woodhall Spa,

Unfortunately for them, the crew was already double booked for a special occasion - The Queen’s Official Birthday - which takes place on the same day.

“We couldn’t believe it, we’ve been upstaged by the Queen on our big day,” Louise said.

This isn’t the first time that the couple have had to overcome a stumbling block, however, as Louise was ill leading up to the day Howard proposed.

“I’d kept everything a secret and had told all the other Turner’s employees to turn up for a group photograph.

“Then, Louise was ill and it was touch and go whether she’d make it.”

Speaking recently to the News he added: “We’ve been really looking forward to our big day. I didn’t think it would be this stressful but I can’t wait for it.”

“We are both ready to go.”

They will be walking the aisle at 1pm and their reception will be held at the Petwood Hotel - previously the location of 617 Squadron’s Officer’s Mess.