Robin, 30, and Cat Lang, 31, are teachers and live in Bradford with their two children. They met at secondary school and have been together since they were 16
Robin and Cat Langs eight-week-old daughter, asleep in her fathers arms, has a middle name they picked out when they had only been going out for a couple of months 15 years ago. The couple recently re-read the teenage emails they had written to each other, talking about how they would get married and what they would call their children. We were a bit ridiculous, says Cat, laughing. We were saying I love you after a week.
They met, aged 11, in the same form at their Harrogate secondary school. We were both quite geeky but he was in the boy geek group and I was in the girl geek group, says Cat. They were always there in the corner, or in the library. We would be in our corner, or in the library. Did Robin notice the girls? We were mostly intimidated by them, he says.
The following year, they sat together in maths, bonded by a dislike of their teacher and a liking for Philip Pullmans His Dark Materials trilogy; in year 11, aged 15, they became good friends, when we formed, says Robin, more of a joint boy and girl friendship group, around politics and history. It was very geeky, says Cat. We got into politics; we were staunchly socialist quite extreme back then just discovering communism and ideas like that for the first time. One of our friends set up an online forum and we were all members, so we would talk on that when we were allowed to get on to the dial-up internet at home. I liked Robins posts they were funny, and I agreed with the same sort of political ideas. It made me think about him a bit more.