A FAMILY huddled around computer screens late at night to proudly watch a mum and dad renew their wedding vows in a Las Vegas chapel.
Carole and Trevor Horwood had been wed 30 years when Trevor dropped to one knee and proposed again during a holiday in America last week.
The couple, from Seaton Lane, Hartlepool, then exchanged their vows for a second time at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in the marriage capital of the world on September 15.
The proceedings were streamed live over the internet back to the North-East so their children, including Hartlepool United player Evan Horwood, 25, could enjoy the big moment at 11.30pm, or 3.30pm Vegas time.
Carole, who works as a full-time foster carer, said: “We had a fab time. It all came as a surprise to me as I knew nothing about it and he’s not a romantic person.
“He proposed on the Tuesday and that was it, he had organised everything with flowers and the restaurant all booked.
“It was also nice that people could watch back home. We got it on DVD as well, but haven’t watched it back yet.”
The rings the couple used during the ceremony also told a story as Carole, 49, lost her original band the year they were married.
So Trevor, 48, had his original cut into two and forged into two new rings for the occasion.
Carole’s ring has engraved on it “four corners of the world” because Trevor travels all over as a supervisor steel erector and says he is always thinking of Carole no matter where he is.
Their daughter, Natasha, 27, who works at Manor College of Technology, said: “The ring was a lovely idea and it shows how much they care about each other.
“I was laughing and crying at the same time watching them renew their vows. It was quite emotional.
“We are a very close family so we all had our laptops out, but we couldn’t all be together because it was so late at night.
“I knew he was going to ask mam about renewing their vows, but I didn’t realise it would be this big. It was really moving and very romantic.”
Carole and Trevor, who are also parents to Gareth, 29, and Bryn, 22, were originally married at St Aidan’s Church, off Stockton Road, on September 19, 1981.
Their reception was held at the Belle Vue Social Club, in Kendal Road, near to where they both grew up.
All the family are now set to go for a meal to carry on the celebrations.