Widow wanted wedding to go ahead
Picture: Facebook

Peter Holmes a Court and his new bride say the widow of a friend killed just days before their African wedding insisted the couple go through with the ceremony.

The wedding plans of the WA-raised Mr Holmes a Court and Alissa Everett were thrown into disarray last week when a freight train ploughed into a tourist tram carrying the couple and many of their guests in Zimbabwe.

American father of two William Poovey, 43, died of his injuries following the July 1 crash while another 19 people were injured.

In a statement to friends on Facebook, the couple said they were “bruised, cut, stitched and strapped” but otherwise OK.

Mr Holmes a Court posted a photo of his wife’s injured hand, complete with a modest wedding band, with the caption: “…and the bride wore stitches”.

Ms Everett said the physical wounds would heal but their hearts remained broken over the loss of Mr Poovey, who she loved “like a brother”.

Ms Everett said Mr Poovey’s wife Kara, who broke her leg in the accident, told the couple from her Johannesburg hospital bed to marry in Botswana as they had planned.

“She … gave me Will’s camera, insisting I honour him by following through with the wedding ceremony and filling the camera with beautiful photographs,” Ms Everett wrote.

The wedding took place on Sunday, although was “much smaller and quieter” than anticipated.

Ms Everett said Mr Poovey’s 18-year marriage had provided her inspiration to find love.

Guests and friends of the wedding have raised more than $17,000 to fund safe houses for victims of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

One of the houses would be dedicated in the name of the Poovey family, Mr Holmes a Court said.

Last week’s collision follows two derailments on Zimbabwean railways in late June.

Mr Holmes a Court is the son of late businessman Robert, Australia’s first billionaire.

The West Australian

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