A couple who met as both celebrated their 18th birthdays are set to wed – but that isn't the only thing they have in common.
Shauna Gracey came into the world just hours apart and metres away from her soon-to-be husband Tom Maguire 26 years ago – on December 22, 1992.
Despite living less than three miles apart all their lives in Wigan, Greater Manchester, the two didn't meet again until Boxing Day 2010 when they were introduced by a mutual friend.
The night Shauna was dressed as Mini Mouse and Tom was wearing a ninja costume.
Tom, who works as an engineer, immediately fell head over heels – but unfortunately for him, Shauna insisted she wasn't interested.
Shauna says she hadn't even seen his face properly when he approached her at the end of the night and said, "we should do this again".
Around two months after they first met the two crossed paths again on a night out and ended up sharing a drunken kiss.
Even then Shauna tried to avoid her admirer but in April 2011, after many more pledges of love, persistent Tom finally got his girl and the couple became 'official'.
As the pair began seeing more and more of one another they eventually figured out they were born in the same place just hours apart.
Now, nearly eight years on, their seemingly fateful story will get its fairy tale ending when they wed on May 4.
Shauna, who works as a children's nurse, said that it feels "like it was fate that we met" and described her partner as "one in a million".
"From the get go Tom was so keen," she said.
"He was adamant we were going to be together and would tell me he loved me.
"I told him that were were just friends and that we would never end up together, I just wasn't interested.
"But one night we were out and I just looked over and saw him and thought 'oh my God I really like him'.
Shauna said that she loves sharing that they were born only metres apart.
"I think it's so nice that we were born on the same day in the same place," she said.
"I love telling people and seeing their reactions."
The duo were born at the now closed Billinge Hospital. Shauna was 13 weeks premature, and Tom arrived about seven hours later.
Tom, who works at the Heinz factory in Wigan, popped the question on a surprise romantic getaway to Rome in October 2016.
Tom said: "The story of how we met is definitely weird… all the funny coincidences make the relationship that extra bit special, definitely.
"People we speak to about it love to hear the story."
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