12-12-12 - a day to remember

Newlyweds Peter and Judith Heywood
Newlyweds Peter and Judith Heywood

WIGAN couples have taken advantage of yesterday’s historic date by tying the knot on the last day this century when the date, month and year match.

Register offices across the country have reported an increase in bookings as loved up pairs grabbed the opportunity to make their special day even more memorable.

Three couples took their vows at Wigan Town Hall, making it an unusually busy Wednesday for superintendent Melvyn Jones.

He said: “I certainly think people will have picked the 12th because of the numbers. We had three ceremonies booked, which is busy for a Wednesday.

“It is always quiet Monday to Thursday, unless it is a specific date, like Valentine’s Day, when there were also three ceremonies on that day this year.”

The first couple through the grand town hall chamber entrance were the Heywoods, from Aspull, who explained that they had picked their wedding date more than a year ago.

Bride Judith, 50, said: “The wedding has been 14 months worth of planning and we picked the date around this time last year especially.

“It’s just something that you’re not likely to forget. We’ve lived together for 10 years and today is obviously a memorable day for many reasons - this just adds to it.”

Judith’s husband, Peter, explained that the date will come in handy to remind him when their anniversary comes around each year. The 64-year-old said: “I can’t remember what day Judy’s birthday is but at least I won’t forget this one! Seriously though, it is more than 80 years until the next date like it so we took advantage.”

Any couples who fancy following in the footsteps of the Heywoods by having their big day on a special date, remember it will be just over 88 years before 1/1/2101 comes around.