Community helps couple tie the knot

The newlyweds are showered in confetti outside the town hall
The newlyweds are showered in confetti outside the town hall
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A community has pulled together to make couple’s wedding dreams come true.

Anne Marie Bloxson and John Melling live in Wigan Council-supported accommodation and have been together for eight years.

Anne Marie and John with their bridesmaids

Anne Marie and John with their bridesmaids

And after learning of the pair’s dream of getting married, authority staff and community groups helped them plan their big day, from getting the groom suited and booted to the wedding cake.

Anne Marie, 53, and 51-year-old John tied the knot at Leigh Town Hall and then went on to celebrate with close family and friends at Compassion in Action in Leigh.

Anne Marie, said: “My dreams have come true, it was the best day of my life.”

John added: “It was the best day ever!”

Coun Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for adult social care at Wigan Council, said: “I would like to wish the happy couple all the best in their married life together. I’m thrilled that the local community came together to make the special day perfect for Anne Marie and John.”

Lots of organisations united to make the day special for Anne Marie and John, at little to no cost, including:

l Staff at Compassion in Action provided the room, buffet and arranged for the room to be dressed;

l Leigh Centurions did the invitations, arranged the hen party for the bride and bridesmaid at the Greyhound hotel, arranged for someone to do the cake, wedding flowers for the bridesmaids, groom and best man;

l Excel in Life hair and Beauty in Leigh did all the pre-wedding hair and make-up for the bridesmaids and again on the morning of the wedding;

l Creation wedding dress shop in Wigan gave brand new bride and bridesmaid dresses, veil, two tiaras and did all the necessary alterations;

l The Holiday Inn Hotel at Leigh Sports Village gave the newlyweds a room for the honeymoon with breakfast the next day;

l Staff and children from Milldamn Children’s completed a raffle that contributed to the cost of the wedding; and

l Many local businesses donated prizes for the raffle.

Jo Withington, area manager of CareTech which runs Cranleigh Court in Athertonn where the couple live, said: “As a provider, to be involved in this day was absolutely amazing, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when both John and Anne Marie got ready the morning of the wedding.

“The staff, managers and all involved from CareTech felt very emotional and very happy for the new Mr and Mrs Melling.”