Picture of joy as couple remarry

Ann McCreesh and Chris Jackson on their wedding day.
Ann McCreesh and Chris Jackson on their wedding day.

A COUPLE who divorced 26 years ago have tied the knot a second time after being brought back together by a photograph of their first wedding.

It was a result of Ann and Chris Jackson featuring in a book about Seventies Sheffield, with a snap of them sitting on the stage at their reception venue, the former Hofbrauhaus in Arundel Gate in Sheffield city centre.

The 1970s picture of the couple that appeared in the book

The 1970s picture of the couple that appeared in the book

The image tugged at Ann’s heartstrings, and she invited Chris to the book’s launch night.

Chris popped the question for the second time just three weeks later.

They married again in front of 140 guests at the Rutland Hotel in Broomhill.

Ann said: “It was lovely. Everybody had got a bit older but it was fantastic to see them all there! There were more people at our second wedding than we had at our original service. They were all excited for us and crying. It was wonderful.”

She said: “I was really happy when the vicar said I was called Mrs Jackson again. It just felt right.”

The couple who had submitted the photograph to The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Sheffield, Jacqueline and Orrett Hanson, attended the service and Ann’s nephew, Gary, who was just three years old at the first wedding, was Chris’ best man.

Ann’s son Josh, 21, gave her away.

Ann, now 54, originally met Chris, 60, at her brother’s wedding in 1973, when she was just 17.

They married four years later before moving closer to Chris’ family in Wrexham, North Wales – a move which was to put a strain on the relationship.

Ann felt isolated because Chris was working long hours as a driver for his family’s haulage business. The couple divorced in 1985.

Returning to Sheffield, she became landlady of The South Sea pub in Broomhill, and remarried in 1990 to become Ann McCreesh.

Divorcing in 2009, she swore off men forever – until that photograph appeared.

Ann, from Wadsley, said: “I was a nervous wreck before I rang Chris for the first time after all those years. It was amazing when we spoke though, it felt right again.

“He told me he’d only ever had one love and had sworn never to marry again. He kept that promise until he asked me to marry him – again.

“I can’t believe I am so lucky as to have another shot at happiness, and with a man I was already married to.”

Chris, who has sold the family business in Wales and moved to Sheffield, said: “I never stopped loving her, and I never remarried.

“You only get one love in your life, and she was mine.”