BURNLEY childhood sweethearts who met at a youth club disco when they were just 14 renewed their vows at an Elvis-themed ceremony in Las Vegas.
Elvis fan Shirley Holmes (46) who works in advertising for East Lancashire Newspapers, celebrated almost 28 years of marriage to husband Quentin (47) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel.
The couple, of Pendle Way, were joined by witnesses and long-time friends Mr and Mrs Stuart and Lorraine Smyth for the ceremony, which was conducted by Mr Brendan Paul, who was dressed as Elvis, and ended with a rendition of “The King’s” popular hit “Viva Las Vegas”.
Shirley, who wore an Audrey Hepburn-style black dress and carried a bouquet of red roses, said they decided to renew their vows six weeks before travelling to the US.
“I’ve always loved Elvis,” she said.
“We went to Vegas last year and loved it so much I knew we would renew our vows there. It was just a case of finding the right chapel. Jon Bon Jovi got married in the same chapel.
“Brendan was really good and he made it really special for us, he had his own Elvis-themed vows and he got Quentin singing at the end. It was really nice.
“We had a fantastic time. We love Vegas.”
The couple have a son Daniel (23) who lives in Australia, and were married in November 1984, at All Saints with St John the Baptist Church in Padiham Road, four years after meeting at a disco at Burnley Wood Youth Club.
They held their reception at the Dugdale Arms, which Quentin’s parents were running at the time.