Everton helps bridegroom pay tribute to late father
An Everton FC fan who died two years ago has been remembered at his son’s wedding with the help of his favourite football club.
Frank Ashton from Walton loved Everton FC so much he carried on attending matches with a feeding pump and morphine drip whilst he was suffering from head and neck cancer.
His son Jamie, a Liverpool FC fan, married Leah Joyce earlier this month and the Everton club’s Liverpool One shop donated dozens of blue noses for the celebration in Frank’s memory.
Jamie’s mum Vicky told the Sunday ECHO: “During his illness Jamie had a photograph taken with his dad wearing a blue nose, so to remember him at the wedding we approached the Everton shop to see if we could get 70 blue noses for the guests at the wedding.
“The lovely girls in the shop attained these from the club at no charge and during the reception all the guests, Liverpudlians too, donned their blue noses.
Everton FC donated blue noses for Jamie and Leah Ashton for their wedding celebrations in memory of Jamie’s dad Frank who was a big Blues fan. This is pic of Jamie and Frank. Herve Photography.
“This was a true tribute to a very brave man. We would like to thank Everton for enabling this to happen by their kindness.”
Blues fan Frank, who was 63 when he died, was a season ticket holder.
Vicky said: “Him going to the match was a major part of his life. He went right until the end.
“What Everton did meant a lot to us as a family.”
33-year-old Jamie and 32-year-old Leah, from Huyton, held their wedding reception at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park and asked Herve Photography to capture them wearing their blue noses.
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