A special day for couple

Nick and Dorothy Smith after renewing their wedding vows at the Pentecostal Church, Horden
Nick and Dorothy Smith after renewing their wedding vows at the Pentecostal Church, Horden

A GRANDDAD found guilty of plotting a napalm bomb attack spoke of his absolute joy after renewing his wedding vows with his beloved wife as he bids to start a new chapter in his life.

Nicholas Smith was found guilty of making an explosive substance with intent to endanger life at a Teesside Crown Court trial in September last year.

The 54-year-old claimed he was repeatedly the target of anti-social behaviour after youths pelted his windows with eggs.

But yesterday Nicholas, who spent time in prison while on remand before being given a suspended sentence, put all of those troubles firmly behind him as he reaffirmed his love for his wife Dorothy, 23 years to the day since the loving couple walked down the aisle.

The couple, who moved from their house in Twelfth Street, in Horden, to another part of the village after the incidents, both described yesterday’s service as “fantastic.”

Nicholas, a former school caretaker, said: “It was very special.

“It’s the start of a new beginning and it was a fantastic day.”

Nicholas thanked Dorothy for being a “rock” during his time in prison and said yesterday’s service just goes to show how much he loves her.

The granddad-of-11 added: “Here’s to another 23 years.”

Dorothy, 63, who wore a cream strappy dress for the service, said: “It was brilliant, the service went really well.

“I was very nervous before, but it was so special for us both.”

The couple, who moved to Horden from Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, two years ago and who have five children between them, thanked everyone at Horden Pentecostal Church, in Sunderland Road, for making them feel like “part of the family.”

Nicholas was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and probation after standing trial last year.

The court heard how Mr Smith was driven to despair after eggs had been hurled at his property.

He promised to “burn” those who had “declared war” on his home on Facebook and officers discovered him mixing ingredients to make a bomb when they arrived at his home in May last year.

The court also heard how Nicholas has been left depressed by the death of his daughter, Melanie, 24 years ago which caused him to drink too much.

He described prison as a “shock to the system” and now goes to a wellbeing recovery centre, in Durham City, where he is doing an art course and is planning an art exhibition.

He is also looking for work.