Love will be in the air when a popular club night aimed at people with disability hosts a special engagement party for a popular young couple.
Fusion, which is held at Cafe Stella in Leigh, will turn its monthly event later this month into a celebration of regular customers Luke Webster and Victoria Waterworth pledging their future to each other.
“They’re a young couple and really pleased about it so it will be nice to get all their families and friends along and give everyone a good night.”Justin Fellows
Luke, from Atherton, and Westleigh girl Victoria decided to get engaged in a spur-of-the-moment decision during a trip to the Trafford Centre earlier this year.
The other clubbers at Fusion were so overjoyed when Luke, 19, and 20-year-old Victoria showed off the ring at the June night the event organisers decided the next evening should be an engagement party with all their friends and family invited.
Justin Fellows, who runs Fusion with DJ John White, said: “We just wanted to do something for Luke and Victoria. They are regular customers at Fusion and it’s just to give back where we can.
“They’ve made a lot of friends here and everybody is thrilled for them. It’s really exciting for everyone who comes here and it’s also the first time this has happened.
“They’re a young couple and really pleased about it so it will be nice to get all their families and friends along and give everyone a good night.”
The engagement came as something of a shock to Luke’s family, who were alerted to the couple’s unexpected trip to a jewellery store thanks to a text message on the bus home from his 13-year-old sister Daniella.
Luke, of Gloucester Place, was born with a blood clot on his brain and had to undergo 25 operations before the age of four and now has learning difficulties, hydrocephaly and a mild form of cerebral palsy.
He and Victoria, who have been dating for around 14 months, first met at Oakfield School in Hindley and now both go to the Launchpad Centre at the Leigh Sports Village (LSV).
Luke’s mum Debbie, 45, said: “It was a bit of a shock but it’s really nice and we are very happy. They just did it themselves without any warning.
“That’s just the way they are, they would go and buy a ring without saying anything or discussing it with us.
“They went to the Trafford Centre as a group with Daniella and her friends. I just got a text on the bus home from her saying Luke had bought Victoria a ring.
“They’ve been friends for a while so we weren’t surprised when they got together. They just get on with life, nothing fazes them. They are very good for each other, they help one another out.”
Debbie says wedding bells are not quite in the air just yet as she believes it will be a long engagement due to how young they are.
As well as being regulars at Fusion, Luke and Victoria attend the inclusive nights at Wigan Youth Zone and also go to the monthly Atmosphere events put on by Launchpad.
The next Fusion event is at Cafe Stella in Leigh on July 26 from 7pm. For more information about the club nights visit www.facebook.com/Fusion.cafe.stella/