Starting married life again - Couple finally wed for second time 50 years later after Covid delays
PUBLISHED: 10:37 16 August 2020 | UPDATED: 12:51 17 August 2020
Two childhood sweethearts waited half a century to fall in love again and finally wed on the day marriage restrictions were eased.
Annette Whiley, 69, and Glyn de Lacy, 70, married on Saturday – too late to benefit from the government’s easing of restrictions because of coronavirus.
Whereas they could have had a lavish reception at the hotel with a sit-down meal for up to 30 guests, instead their wedding had 17 people and a small gathering afterwards at Mrs de Lacy’s brother’s house. However, Dunston Hall arranged a surprise champagne reception at short notice following the government’s easing of restrictions.
The new Mrs de Lacy said: “The Dunston Hall staff were fantastic. With hardly any notice they laid on a lovely champagne reception with canapés and treated us like royalty all day. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They even laid on a golf buggy to transport me from my room to the Eaton Suite - arriving in style.
“It was quite surreal walking in to be greeted by the registrars and all our guests wearing face masks but it made for some interesting photographs. The actual ceremony was very short with only the necessary elements – none of the special readings that we had originally planned but the registrars were very kind and made it as special as they could. It was quite strange having to sanitise our hands before exchanging rings as we had been holding hands throughout much of the ceremony.”
“I’m overjoyed to begin married life again,” she added.
Mr de Lacy’s wife passed away and he met up with Ms Whiley about five years ago at a function organised by their daughter. They knew instantly they should be together and the very next day at their daughter’s barbecue, made the surprise announcement.
Cupid’s arrow may have struck but the wedding arranged for April hit a big snag when lockdown hit because of coronavirus. Determined not to be deterred, the couple rearranged their big day but then had to alter plans after the government changed its mnd over regulations.
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Finally, after an agonising few months watching the news for updates on the situation, the pair tied the knot. Mrs de Lacy spent the night before at Dunston Hall so she could get ready there on Saturday morning for the wedding at 1pm in the hotel’s Eaton suite.
David Graham, general manager at Dunston Hall, said before the ceremony: “We are so thrilled for this couple. They were going to have about 50 people originally but have decided on a smaller, intimate wedding so that it can go ahead and we will do everything we can to make it the best day for them.”
Mrs de Lacy said: “What a wonderful day and, after all these years, we are once again Mr and Mrs de Lacy.”
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