Claire and Mark met during basic training at HMS Raleigh. Mark was first to notice Claire, but due to the nature of their work, which was situated on a military base, the couple couldn’t date the conventional way.
After seeing each other across the miles for approximately a year Mark had invited Claire to drive down to Plymouth after work one evening to go for a romantic walk down to the harbour. After climbing on to a wall overlooking the sea the couple lay down on their backs and gazed at the moonlit sky. Mark told Claire to close her eyes and hold out her hand to which he slid on a beautiful engagement ring. When Claire opened her eyes Mark asked if she would marry him.