An adorable article for you guys to read:
The two sweethearts eloped at dawn, destination Africa. They dreamed of marrying in the blazing sunshine, surrounded by lions, zebras and perhaps the odd giraffe. The pair even took an accomplice with them to act as a witness in case no locals were available. Sadly, however, their romantic mission was doomed to failure – since the would-be bride and groom were aged seven and six, while their witness was only five.
The story began on New Year’s Eve when the family were watching a documentary about Africa and its wildlife. ‘From this, the children began to make plans for the future,’ said police spokesman Holger Jureczko. The two youngsters were ‘very much in love and decided to get married in Africa where it is warm, taking with them as a witness Anna-Lena’s little sister Anna-Bell’.
As the first dawn of 2009 broke, the trio packed three suitcases with all the essentials for the journey, including sunglasses, swimming trunks, a lilo, summer clothes and sandwiches made from chicken paste and processed cheese. While their parents slept, they crept out of the house wrapped up against the freezing weather and walked two-thirds of a mile up the road to a tram stop from where they caught the service to the central station. Waiting for a train to the airport 30 miles away, they attracted the attention of the guard, who contacted police.
Two officers managed to convince the young lovers that they would struggle to get to Africa without money or a plane ticket. ‘They were very put out that they couldn’t carry on their journey,’ added Mr Jureczko. ‘But they calmed down when they were promised a hot drink and some breakfast.’ As a further consolation, the children were given a tour of police headquarters where they were ‘especially taken with the detention cells’. Their relieved parents picked them up from the station, said Mr Jureczko, adding: ‘They can still put their plan into action at a later date.’