GOOLE MAN TO WED FOREIGN BEAUTY
WHENStan Gullet walks down the aisle next month, he can be sure his brideto-be will look as pretty as a picture. That’s because the self-employed handyman from Goole is marrying THE MONA LISA!
Stan, 45, fell for the painting, 498, while on a coach trip to Paris earlier this year. “I’d won the tickets in a meat raffle at my local and couldn’t sell them on, so I decided I might as well go” explained Stan.
Once in The City Of Light, it didn’t take Stan long to make his way to The Louvre. “It was Saturday afternoon and none of the bars were showing the football, so it was that or sit in McDonalds,” he reminisced.
But once inside the world-famous gallery, Stan’s eyes met those of the famously enigmatic picture and their love story began.
“I’ve always been a hit with the ladies” he smiled. “So when our eyes met across the crowded gallery, I thought I’d go over and have a crack at her.”
The part-time cowboy builder’s patented chat-up lines broke the ice and soon the world’s most famous painted representation of a woman was listening, entranced to Stan’s tales of Goole pub fights and clients he had swindled.
But despite their growing rapport, there was one thing Stan and the Mona Lisa hadn’t bargained for: the gallery’s staff.
“We’d fallen for each other so quickly that I hardly heard the bell go at chucking out time,” he said. “I wanted nothing more than to stay, but a guard came over and said something in foreign, and I had to leave with all the other visitors.”
Lovelorn Stan wasn’t going to be beaten that easily. He returned to the Louvre that night, climbed in through an open window and made his way to the Mona Lisa’s gallery.
Keen to preserve his fiancée’s modesty, Stan refused to go into detail about what happened during their moonlight tryst, but he describes the 30” x 21” image as “Filthy. Absolutely filthy.”
The following day Stan popped the question to the painting, before asking the gallery’s Director for his blessing.
When asked what married life holds for the couple, Stan was thoughtful. “I considered moving to Paris, but I don’t like foreign food, plus I’d miss my local and the bookies,” he said. “So she’ll be moving to Goole.”
And once in Goole, the universally-beloved configuration of pigment and poplar wood will be swapping her spacious Parisian gallery for Stan’s intimate pieda-terre in the heart of Yorkshire’s largest council estate.
“I don’t think she’ll find it much different” said Stan. “Just like Paris, Goole’s got shops and streets – we’ve even got a pavement café outside the Greggs.”
But despite Stan’s optimism for his new relationship, his ex- wife Linda had a warning for the new Mrs Gullet-to-be.
“Stan’s very charming, but believe you me, once he’s got what he wants he’ll drop you like a hot brick. I just hope he doesn’t leave you how he left me, with three kids and a dose of the clap.”
The Mona Lisa was approached for her reaction, and responded by smiling enigmatically whilst her eyes followed our reporter round the room.
Artful snogger: Silver tongued Stan found true love in Louvre.