Second time around
A MAN suffering from cancer has renewed his wedding vows to his wife - 34 years after tying the knot for the first time
A MAN suffering from cancer has renewed his wedding vows to his wife - 34 years after tying the knot for the first time. Graham and Jacqueline Neath got married for the second time at St John's Church in Clevedon. Graham, aged 75, was told by doctors he had contracted prostate cancer over two years ago but was only diagnosed with the disease just before Christmas. He was told it was inoperable and has been receiving hormone drugs to treat it.Jacqueline, aged 66, said: "I knew he was having troubles and tried for nine months to try to persuade him to go to the doctor."After we found out he was ill, we decided we wanted to renew our vows, but the vicar persuaded us to have a full church marriage."The couple have been married for 34 years and have lived in New Bristol Road, Weston, since 2000. Before retiring, Graham worked for a landscape firm and made furniture as a hobby, while Jacqueline was the manager of Challicom & Co Ltd in Hill Road, Clevedon. Graham said: "The service was fantastic and we both had a wonderful time, it was even better than I expected. We love one another so much."The couple exchanged new wedding rings, took their vows and asked for donations to go towards prostate cancer research, instead of traditional wedding presents. Graham said: "I still have cancer, and obviously research into the disease is something very close to my heart. We raised about £350 at the wedding, but we are still receiving money. "When I was told I had cancer it was a bit of a shock, but the doctors are keeping it under control." The ceremony was held on March 3, the exact date of their anniversary, and was attended by over 130 guests. At the end of the service vicar Victor Barley had a special bell-ringing peal prepared for the couple's exit and granddaughter Jade-Marie Cocking got engaged to her boyfriend Steven White. Jacqueline and Graham's daughter Lisa-Marie headed the bridesmaids, who included Jade-Marie, Isabelle Lissen and Storm Cocking, who suffers from cerebral palsy. A tearful Jacqueline added: "It was such a beautiful service and I love my husband more than anything.