Mismatch couple win ‘punching above your weight’ contest

WINNERS ... Paula and Stephen Black, from Jarrow, have won Metro Radio's Punching Above Your Weight contest, securing a five-star holiday to Corfu.
WINNERS ... Paula and Stephen Black, from Jarrow, have won Metro Radio's Punching Above Your Weight contest, securing a five-star holiday to Corfu.

IT’S official – South Tyneside husband Stephen Black is punching above his weight.

The 36-year-old and his wife, Paula, of Inverness Road, Jarrow, have been named as winners of a Metro Radio contest, earning themselves a five-star holiday to Corfu.

The couple entered the Newcastle-based station’s Punching Above Your Weight contest as a laugh – because Stephen has been told in jest by his friends that Paula is better looking than him.

They picked up 1,724 votes from Metro Radio listeners, 255 more than any other couple.

Paula, 42, boss of the Paula Louise Hair Design salon on Jarrow’s Hedworth Estate, said: “We were really shocked, but very happy.

“It was dead nerve-wracking, but a really good experience to be part of.

“We entered for a laugh, and it was good fun to be part of it.

“We’re so excited about the holiday. We didn’t want to look at it before in case we didn’t win, but we’ve been having a look at it, and it looks amazing.”

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Paula met Stephen, originally from Hylton Castle in Sunderland, boss at the city’s Team Black MMA gym in Ryhope, on a blind date four years ago, and they tied the knot in September.

Paula added: “We got married last September, so we’re going to have the holiday this September, and it’ll be a nice little honeymoon and anniversary trip.

WINNERS ... Stephen and Paula Black have won Metro Radio's Punching Above Your Weight contest and are being sent on a five-star holiday to Corfu. Pictured with Metro Radio presenters Steve and Karen.

WINNERS ... Stephen and Paula Black have won Metro Radio's Punching Above Your Weight contest and are being sent on a five-star holiday to Corfu. Pictured with Metro Radio presenters Steve and Karen.

“It’ll be lovely to have a holiday for just the two of us. I’ve been to Corfu, but that was years ago, so it’ll be lovely to go back.

“Stephen has taken the whole thing really well, which is a good job, really.

“It was just a good laugh, and we’ve had a lot of fun. Stephen is even getting a makeover too.

“A clothes shop in Alnwick has said for us to get in touch, and they’re going to give him a haircut and shave and some new clothes.

It’ll be lovely to have a holiday just the two of us.

Paula Black

“We’re really chuffed to have won.”

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