IT’S famed for folk getting hitched in a rush, but for one Wigan couple it has taken them 25 years to live out their Vegas dream.
Tony and Cathy Quigley from Worsley Mesnes have survived tragedies and successes together. So for their 25th wedding anniversary they both decided to head for the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Not only did the couple enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, they also renewed their vows with a guest appearance by Elvis - well, someone looking like him anyway.
Tony, 47, said: “It was such a fantastic holiday.
“We have both wanted to go to Las Vegas and thought it would be a good time to go on our wedding anniversary and renew our vows. We wanted it to be a little bit different and I’m a big Elvis fan so we found an impersonator.
“On the day, Elvis walked Cathy down the aisle and did a couple of famous hit songs. Then it was time for the renewing of our vows.
“Elvis did another couple of songs and he even made us have a bit of a dance - it was so funny. And we had a great day with a bit of fun just as we wanted. The people and Elvis at the world-famous Chapel of the Bells did a great job. We also stopped at the New York New York hotel and casino.
“I’m glad we took the plunge and went over there. I’ve always wanted to go and we haven’t been anywhere like that before. We normally just go to Europe or the Mediterranean. I have to say that I’m more of an Elvis fan than Cathy but she was happy to go along with it.”
Both Tony and 48-year-old Cathy hail from Wigan. They met in 1983 one Saturday night in the old town centre nightclub haunt, Bluto’s.
Tony said: “It is still probably the best nightclub Wigan has ever had. I knew she was the one and we were married in 1988 at St Jude’s Church in Poolstock. I remember every single minute of it.” The couple then went on to have two sons 27-year-old David who is now an electrician, and Calvin.
But tragedy struck when Calvin died at the age of 10 in 2000 after suffering from cerebral palsy.
Tony added: “It was a very tough time for us both. The death of a child is probably as hard as it gets for anybody.
“He was born with the condition and managed to live until the age of 10 - he was so brave.
“But at the end of the day you just have to keep going. I wouldn’t have been able to get through this if it wasn’t for Cathy - she’s been my rock throughout everything.
“I don’t know how she’s put up with me for so long but we just work well together.
“At the end of the day you just both have to be happy. You have got to get through things together and don’t shut the other person out. I guess we just work well.”
Since their anniversary, the couple have been making plans to revisit the gambling capital as joint 50th birthday celebrations.