SHE HAS brought me out of the dark and back into the light.
Those were the words of Reg Keys after he tied the knot with the woman who taught him to love and be happy again – his new wife Jenny.
The couple were married at Mallory Court in Leamington Spa on Friday (October 2) with family and friends by their sides and, symbolically, the sun shining down on them.
Their wedding day was the final piece in the jigsaw for Reg’s return to life and happiness after more than a decade of hurt, misery, anger and sadness which began with his soldier son Tom and his six Red Cap colleagues being murdered by an Iraqi mob in 2003 and was completed when his wife Sally died ‘of a broken heart’ in 2011.
The Observer has featured Mr Keys’ fight for justice for his son, his election campaign against Tony Blair and his demand for answers and apologies for his son’s murder in the Iraqi war from day one.
And it was with great pleasure that we were able to witness a brand new start for Reg and Jenny on Friday (October 2).
“Jenny came into my life when I just didn’t see any point in anything,” Reg told Observer editor Chris Willmott on his big day.
“I was depressed and just didn’t think I would ever be happy again – but some friends insisted I had to start getting out and about and literally dragged me to a dance class they were going to.”
It was at the ceroc dance classes at the Land Rover Social Club in Solihull where Reg met Jenny, who was ‘a breath of fresh air’ into his world.
“We got talking and had lots in common,” said Reg.
“At first we were just friends, and dance partners, but there was clearly a connection between us – I thought she was beautiful.
“Even more important than that was that she is one of life’s amazing, genuinely happy and smiley people.
“She wakes up in a morning smiling and laughing and goes to bed still smiling.”
Reg finally plucked up the courage to ask Jenny out on a proper date and the couple have not looked back.
“I am so lucky to have been given this opportunity to love again and be happy again and I will always be so grateful for Jenny coming into my life, like and angel,” he added.
“She’s a beautiful lady who pulled be out of the dark and back into the light – I am so proud to be her husband.”
The beautiful bride also took time out of her big day to speak to the paper, saying Reg was an extraordinary man.
“I admire everything he stands for and his beliefs – the way he’s fought for his son is an inspiration to me and everyone,” she said.
“I love him and adore everything about him.”
Jenny added that when she first met Reg she had not wanted to find love and was happy being just good friends, but that one day, when she saw him bailing hay she took more than a friendly fancy to him.
“There he was, bailing the hay and I thought, phwoar,” she added.
“Then I thought, wait a minute, that’s just Reg from dancing, but he wasn’t just Reg from dancing anymore and I couldn’t help falling in love with him.
“I am so happy to be here today and to call Reg my husband and look forward to an amazing life together.”