Couple to return to Honiton for marriage blessing - 40 years after tying the knot!
PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 October 2017
Janet and Colin Mulroy, who currently live in Leeds, wed in Honiton's former register office on June 12, 1976 before moving to Bulford in Wiltshire in 1977.
A couple who tied the knot more than 40 years ago will return to the same town they got married in to have their relationship blessed.
Janet and Colin Mulroy, who currently live in Leeds, wed in Honiton’s former register office on June 12, 1976 before moving to Bulford in Wiltshire in 1977.
Janet, a mum-of-four, said: “My husband was in the armed forces in Bulford and travelled there every day from Honiton. We could not live there because there were no spare army quarters at the time so we had to live in Honiton.
“We had a lovely house in Rosemount Close and although we lived there for a short time, we had the best year of our lives.”
Despite their brief stint in Honiton, the couple never lost their passion for the town, and had initially arranged to return to St Paul’s Church last year.
However, their plans were scuppered when Janet received a bombshell diagnosis of breast cancer. The family was dealt a further blow when the couple’s son, Andrew, suffered a brain aneurysm.
Although he survived the episode, he was left blind and has since undergone an operation as he battles to regain his sight.
Janet said: “It was a mind-numbing period. It completely changes your outlook on life. All of things which were important, like tidying the house and other tasks, meant nothing to me.”
Janet is currently in remission, but fears the cancer could return because it is an aggressive form.
The couple have now pencilled in June next year to return to Honiton to have a marriage blessing at St Paul’s Church.
“When we got married, we had nothing,” she said. “We did not have the money to even afford a disposable camera.
“We are having this marriage blessing because I never wanted to renew my vows. I am not a religious person but I want this to be God’s way of saying ‘Here is a little help along the way.’
“With everything that has happened, I feel we need some kind of divine intervention.”
The couple will be taking 12 family members and close friends to the service, and are planning a small reception in the town.
Having taken no photos at their wedding in 1976, they will also be armed with a camera to capture the special day.
Janet said: “We are so grateful to St Paul’s church, which has made our wish and dreams come true. We see this marriage blessing as a positive event to look forward to.
“You forget in these sad times how much compassion and goodness there is out there.”