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Yvette Cheesman and John William Dawson renew their vows at HMV in Fremlin Walk, Maidstone

17 March 2014
by Claire McWethy

When a romantic husband promised to whisk his wife down the aisle to renew their wedding vows... he meant the aisle of an HMV store.

Yvette Cheesman, 47, found love in the queue at HMV when she met future husband John Dawson there in January 2011.

Now they have renewed their wedding vows at the same Maidstone store on their third wedding anniversary.

John William Dawson and Yvette Cheeseman renew their vows at HMV in Maidstone

John William Dawson and Yvette Cheeseman renew their vows at HMV in Maidstone

Surrounded by customers, Yvette walked down the aisle of the Fremlin Walk shop where she first met her husband-to-be John, 55.

The couple, of Beaconsfield Road, Tovil were married two months after meeting, in Ashford.

Yvette, a freelance copywriter, explained: “The first time round, because it was such a rush, we didn’t have anybody at our wedding.

"My dad wasn’t there and everyone thought it was crazy and mad. Three years later we decided we would have the party that we didn’t have the first time round.”

They were led down Fremlin Walk by bagpiper Ivan Brooks, Sgt of the City of Rochester Pipe Band, who carried out the ceremony.

Piper Ivan Brooks, Sgt of the City of Rochester Pipe Band, walks the couple back through the shopping centre

Piper Ivan Brooks, Sgt of the City of Rochester Pipe Band, walks the couple back through the shopping centre

It was watched by friends, family and a crowd of curious shoppers.

Among their vows were promises not to bicker, and to say I love you to each other, and mean it, at least once a day.

But the ceremony didn't go without its hiccups, after the groom's phone went off.

It was a case of mistaken identity which first brought the couple together.

Yvette explained: “I was flying to Italy the next day and had been given a great long list of CDs to buy for my friend out there who I was visiting, and John was buying David Bowie albums.

Staff at HMV with the happy couple

Staff at HMV with the happy couple

“We were in the queue together and I thought he was his brother, who I don’t like, and I was going to hide at the back of the shop. In the end I poked him and he looked at me blankly and he asked if he knew me.

“We just got talking and he asked me for coffee. We would have been married the next day if we could have done.

“We are going to grow old together and walk down a beach holding hands when we are in our 80s - it is for life.”

John, an HGV driver, added: “It was her beautiful eyes that drew me to her, you could see her soul in them.”

John William Dawson and Yvette Cheeseman renew their vows at HMV in Maidstone

John William Dawson and Yvette Cheeseman renew their vows at HMV in Maidstone

After a short ceremony, the procession continued back up Fremlin Walk and on to Earls pub in Earl Street.

Assistant manager at HMV in Fremlin Walk, Lee Jeary, said: “We have never had anything like this happen in the store before.

“We are going to grow old together and walk down a beach holding hands when we are in our 80s - it is for life” - Yvette Cheesman

"We had to ask head office but in the end they agreed.

“They didn’t want us to close the shop, they just asked if we could turn the music off.

“It was very very strange but I think all the staff and customers enjoyed it. There were so many people watching no-one could get in or out!”

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