Relatives to jet in for emotional reunion

Melton couple Helen Jesson and Paul Gowtridge, who are to get married with family members flying over from Australia for their big day EMN-150828-154245001

Melton couple Helen Jesson and Paul Gowtridge, who are to get married with family members flying over from Australia for their big day EMN-150828-154245001

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Ten years after her auntie acted as a bridesmaid at her wedding, Georgia Gordon is travelling 10,000 miles this month to return the favour.

Georgia and husband Ben are part of a group of eight family members flying over from Australia for an emotional reunion in Hose.

They are coming for the wedding of Melton couple Helen Jesson and Paul Gowtridge at Hose Baptist Church on September 19.

The family were last together in August 2005 when Georgia (nee Jesson) decided to travel halfway around the world to marry in the village so her beloved late grandparents could attend.

And she will make the same gruelling journey again when her aunt Helen ties the knot later this month.

Georgia said: “I just had to come over again because my auntie is about to marry the love of her life but this time she will be the bride and I will be her bridesmaid.

“This is not just an ordinary wedding though - it’s a Cinderella fairytale.

“Helen has Down’s syndrome but that hasn’t stopped her from doing anything she wanted to do.”

Georgia added: “There will be eight of us in total coming from Australia, including Helen’s two older brothers and our two little boys, and we can’t wait to see everyone again.”

Helen’s parents taught her how to read and write despite being told she would never be able to.

She went on to write a pamphlet for hospitals called ‘My Life has a Meaning’, to help others with her condition.

Helen’s parents taught her how to cook and how to swim and she leads an independent life with her fiance at their apartment on Leicester Road.

Helen (53) said: “I haven’t seen Georgia for 10 years.

“I am really looking forward to seeing her again for my wedding.”