Saturday 17 August 2019

Johnny's wedding day surprise for adoring fan Anita

Anita and the cardboard cutout on her hen night. LEFT: The real Johnny Logan.
Anita and the cardboard cutout on her hen night. LEFT: The real Johnny Logan.
Bride Anita and groom Des on their wedding day.
Anita and the cardboard cutout on her hen night. LEFT: The real Johnny Logan.

By Maria Pepper

Eurovision winner Johnny Logan turned up at Anita Conway's hen party in Wexford but didn't say a word and later he made up for it by sending a personal video message from his studio in Denmark on her wedding day.

When Anita, a teacher of Art in the Presentation secondary school married her fiance Des Kennerney last week, Johnny who has been her big crush since she was a girl, played a surprise part in the nuptial celebrations.

For the hen night a few weeks ago, her sister Debbie Foley (a bridesmaid along with sister Rosemarie Conway and niece Rachel Foley) managed to get her hands on a life-like cardboard cut-out of Johnny which she brought along, much to the delight of the bride who posed for photographs with him and also to the amusement of customers and staff in visited venues including The Vine Restaurant, T. Morris, Macken's and the Centenary Stores which posted a picture on its website.

Meanwhile, working secretly behind the scenes, Anita's close friend and colleague Esther O'Mahoney, went on a Johnny Logan Facebook page and dispatched a photograph from the night, asking if there was any possibility that Johnny would send the bride-to-be a message.

Sure enough, a personal video message arrived from Johnny and there was great excitement when it was shown on a big screen at the wedding reception in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, after the speeches.

In the video message, from his Danish studio, Johnny blew Anita a kiss and wished the couple a happy future together. He said he heard he had been on the bride's hen night 'in one form or another'.

Of course, he won't mind that she's with someone else instead of him!.

'I wasn't expecting it at all. They just said it was important person, ' said Anita who was thrilled with the wedding wish from the singer whom she met in person as a child when he performed at a neighbour's wedding in Dublin and sang 'What's Another Year'.

'I had a big crush on him. It's still there,' confessed Anita.

Anita is a daughter of the late Jim and Nanette Conway, founders of Emblem Weavers.

Anita and Des were joined by 130 guests including family and friends at their marriage ceremony in St.Margaret's Church, Curracloe. They are travelling to Tuscany on their honeymoon.

Anita and her friend Esther are looking forward to seeing Johnny Logan in action when he performs at Vicar Street, Dublin on September 2.

Wexford People

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