It was a special day for a remarkable couple who became husband and wife and embarked on a journey together to rebuild lives after injury.
Alison and Trevor Hazell celebrated their marriage with their families, and friends they have made at the Great Yarmouth charity Centre 81, where the met.
Former live-in childcare nanny Alison suffered head and other injuries in a horse riding accident at Beetley near Dereham in the mid-1980s when she was 21.
Trevor’s career as a postman was ended by a hit-and-run driver who knocked him over on his rounds in the early 70s when he was just 18. He was in hospital for six months and transferred to a specialist brain unit for another four.
The couple met seven years ago at Centre 81, which has been helping them adjust to the disabilities that resulted from their accidents, through its skills and activities programmes. Their friendship grew and Alison used Leap Year to take the initiative and propose to Trevor.
Yesterday (Fri Nov 11) they tied the knot at the register office at Great Yarmouth library before heading to Centre 81 in Tar Works Road for a party with staff, volunteers, fellow members – including bridesmaid Michelle Osbourne – and friends.
Alison, 52, was dressed in an elegant cream dress for her big day and was given away by her eldest brother David, from Bedford. She made guests laugh with her quips several times during the ceremony and said: “I get a bit nervous and can’t help making jokes. It’s great for everyone to support us like this.”
Trevor’s best man was his brother Martin, who owns the Sunnydene guest house on North Denes Road, Great Yarmouth. “It’s been a lovely day,” said Trevor, who is 63.
Centre 81’s chief executive Diana Staines said: “This is the first wedding we’ve had where the newlyweds have actually met at the centre, and we couldn’t be more pleased for them. They are clearly devoted to one another and it’s heart-warming to see them embarking on this next stage of their lives looking so happy and contented.”
Centre 81 members were involved in wedding preparations, with the crafts group making paper chain decorations for the celebrations.
The charity provides skills and activities at the centre and in the community for 75 people with a range of disabilities. It also has a fleet of 10 fully-accessible minibuses providing a community transport service for about 800 members in the borough. More information at www.centre81.co.uk.