Grandad collapses on bride’s big day

Mr and Mrs Katie and James Sulich on their wedding day at Southwood, Halifax
Mr and Mrs Katie and James Sulich on their wedding day at Southwood, Halifax

A bride and groom who spent two years planning their big day were distraught when her grandad was rushed to hospital hours after they said ‘I do’.

Two hours after tying the knot, Katie and James Sulich’s wedding reception at Southwood, Halifax, was thrown into chaos when Katie’s 85-year-old grandad, Albert Hartley, who suffered a stroke six weeks previous, collapsed.

The family of the bride feared the worst for their elderly relative and called for an ambulance.

Mother of the bride, Gail Atkinson, of Southowram, said: “I thought we were going to lose him. He went grey and his head hung over as he was being sick from his wheelchair.

“If he’d died on her wedding day, each year they would be have been reminded of ‘that day’.”

Katie’s grandmother, Barbara, went to the hospital with her husband but would not allow Gail to leave the day she had always looked forward to.

Shocked guests continued on with the wedding celebrations and Mrs Hartley was welcomed with a round of applause when she returned to the reception hours later - just in time for the couple’s first dance to As Love is my Witness by Westlife.

“Katie was in tears as were most of the guests when my mum walked in. It’s no-one’s fault - my stepfather has been very poorly but was determined to see Katie marry James.

“Aside from the mayhem, it was a beautiful day and our daughter looked stunning.”

Mrs Atkinson said her and husband David and parents of the bridegroom Julie and Gordon McMurdo would like to wish the couple all the best in married life.

No diagnosis was made on Mr Hartley’s arrival to Calderdale Royal hospital but it is believed he was overwhelmed with the emotion of the day.

He was discharged from hospital on the following day when he returned to his Burnley home.

Mr and Mrs Sulich, of Siddal Lane, Halifax, are now enjoying a honeymoon in Dominican Republic.