A HYNDBURN couple have told how they swapped ringtones for wedding rings when they got together after a mix-up with phone numbers.
Dave and Disha Westwell, of Tennyson Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, met three years ago after Disha accidentally put the wrong mobile phone number on a series of job applications.
Dave, 37, a web designer, was inundated with calls for Disha, who lived 200 miles away in London at the time.
He was baffled by the strange calls for a mystery woman until Disha, 27, gave him a call to apologise for the mistake.
She explained she had filled out a series of CVs and had written the wrong mobile number by mistakenly switching a 0 and a 5.
Disha had only discovered the mistake when a charity, where she had applied for a job, was finally able to track her down by trying different combinations of her number.
Dave said: "At first I thought it was my own number ringing me but then I spoke with her and she told me what happened.
"We got talking and we had so much in common and got on really well.
"She seemed very nice and I was struck by her accent. I wanted to find out more about her."
The pair hit it off immediately and were soon chatting for hours on end.
They exchanged calls for three weeks before Dave travelled down south to visit Disha, who is originally from Mauritius.
He said: "When I got to London, I saw her first at the station.
"We had been on the phone so much we had developed strong feelings for each other.
"We sent a couple of photographs but it was strange when we actually met because we had the feelings already so we were just happy to finally be together."
Within weeks of their first meeting Disha gave up her life in London and moved to Hyndburn to be with her true love.
She said: "I was a bit nervous when I met him but I tried not to show it. I was really excited as we had a very solid connection already.
"When I moved up north I took a risk. I didn't know anyone else but Dave, and I was leaving all my friends in London.
"It had only been a few weeks but I just knew it would be OK. I didn't know him that well and he could have been a psycho but it felt right."
Dave added: "When I went down to London, all of my family and friends were really interested to meet her so they were all excited when she came up here."
He popped the question two weeks later and the happy couple were married at Accrington Register Office in August 2004.
Dave said: "My parents were very pleased for me when we got married."
The couple are now planning a family of their own and hope to holiday in Mauritius later this year to have a Hindu wedding ceremony.
Dave said: "We've been married nearly three years and it's all gone so fast but we couldn't be happier."
Disha, a part-time care assistant, also works with Dave in his web design business.
She said: "We like spending time together and are both looking for any moment we can get together.
"I never thought anything like this could happen.
"I'd never had a boyfriend longer than two months and here we are. It's really unbelievable."