Con Club was gateway to love for grateful couple

'This gate is now open!' - Dave and Shirley Holman

'This gate is now open!' - Dave and Shirley Holman - Credit: Archant

LONG-STANDING Sidmouth Conservative Club members, whose wedding day happiness hinged on the venue’s hospitality, have said an unusual thank-you – by buying it a new gate.

Pensioners Dave and Shirley Holman found love again after losing their previous partners to cancer and tied the knot last year.

They had a ball when their reception was staged at the hub in Radway Place – with its committee members decorating the room and catering team serving up culinary delights.

The lounge hire fee was donated as a wedding gift and Dave and Shirley, of Yarde Hill Orchard, felt the day was such a success they wanted to express their gratitude.

“The club has been good to us over the years,” said Dave, 85.

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“We have been members for so long we feel like part of the family,” added Shirley, 77.

The couple asked club bosses what needed replacing - and they came up with two options.

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Replacing all the curtains was beyond their budget, but the pair jumped at the chance to replace a broken gate in All Saints Road.

The club held an official ‘gate opening’ ceremony last Saturday, July 6, when Dave and Shirley cut a blue ribbon.

Club chairman, Derek Truesdale, accepted the new gate on behalf of the members and showed Dave and Shirley a brass plaque commemorating their donation.

The couple ditched traditional wedding day gifts and asked for donations to boost Cancer Research UK.

They raised £900.

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