She started to make him sandwiches and, over the the years, the couple grew close as she helped him overcome his many demons.
The couple’s love story, which began in spring 1975, will now have a happy ending when they tie the knot at a registry office next month.
She said: “When I saw him ferreting through the bins outside a fish and chip shop near my bookshop, I never thought for a minute it would end like this.
Ms Neininger said that from their first meeting, she always felt Mr Selway was different. She spent years battling with Mr Selway’s schizophrenia before proposing last year.
She said that when she first saw Mr Selway he was smartly dressed and drank only milk so she presumed he was staying in a B&B and just had nowhere to go during the day.
But she said that after reading Down and Out in Britain by Jeremy Sandford, …
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