Retired Welsh footballer renews vows to celebrate beating cancer

Welsh footballer John Hartson secretly married his longtime girlfriend, schoolteacher Sarah McManus, at a registry office in December, in the midst of a fight against testicular cancer that had spread to his brain. Upon receiving a clear scan, the couple renewed their vows July 23rd for friends and family at the luxurious Vale of Glamorgan Resort, 30 minutes from their home in Neath, Wales.

A wedding guest told The Mirror of the 35-year-old former Premiership star, "John's looking and feeling fantastic again. He wanted to have a big party to celebrate his wedding but he just wasn’t well enough when they first got married."

The vow renewal was witnessed by 200 guests, and a Scottish piper kicked off the ceremony in which Hartson donned a kilt. Guests dined on salmon and Welsh lamb, and danced late into the night in a banquet room of the hotel.

Hartson was previously married to Lowri Turner, mother of his daughters Rebecca, 11, and Joni, 7. He and McManus have been together since 2005 and have daughters Lena, 2, and Stephanie, five months.