AN Abbots Bromley man has spoken of an incredible seven months which has seen him survive a serious car crash and meet and marry the woman of his dreams.
It all started in October 2011 as 44-year-old Damian Brant was driving home from a rainy day’s walking in the Peak District when his car skidded, hit the verge and rolled over several times.
The car came to a crashing halt after crushing the roof and smashing all the windows but miraculously he was able to walk away from the accident without serious injury and only a brief stay in hospital.
“I remember just sitting there as the car rolled and thinking ‘there’s nothing I can do but wait and hope’,” Mr Brant told the Advertiser.
“It hurt a lot. I had whiplash and I still get pains in the base of my spine but I was alive.
“The police who attended the scene made it clear that the fact I was wearing a seatbelt had probably saved my life.”
Weeks later one Sunday Mr Brant, of Lichfield Road, was awaiting a visit from his sister but needed to do some shopping so headed to Tesco in Uttoxeter earlier than he usually would to ensure he was back in time for his sister’s arrival.
“I like to take my dog for a long walk on Sunday morning so if I ever do go shopping on a Sunday it’s normally in the afternoon,” Mr Brant said.
“I remember seeing this woman in the DVD isle and thinking ‘wow she’s stunning’. She looked at me for a moment and smiled and I thought ‘that’s the woman for me — that’s who I want to marry’.
“I thought I was just being foolish so I finished my shopping and took it back to my car. But all the time I was thinking ‘what are you doing — go and talk to her’. It was as if something was compelling me to go back.” He did go back and within weeks the smitten pair were seeing each other regularly.
Mr Brant said: “I’m sure she cast a spell on me which made me go back to speak to her. She seemed to have this aura about her.
“It’s amazing really because in normal circumstances neither of us would have been in the same place at the same time. If we hadn’t met on that Sunday morning, it’s difficult to see how we would ever have met.”
On February 14 this year Mr Brant presented Nicola with a diamond engagement ring and asked her to marry him which she accepted and the two were married at Dovecliff Hall, in Stretton.
The happy couple also received a message of congratulations on behalf of the chairman of Tesco, Sir Richard Broadbent.
Mr Brant’s whirlwind year hasn’t stopped there though after he was appointed to the senior management team as assistant principal at the nationally acclaimed Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham.