Westlife's Shane and Gillian mark wedding anniversary with pals


THERE was plenty of celebration in the Filan household yesterday as Westlife singer Shane and his wife Gillian celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary.

The Diary can reveal how the couple, who wed at a star-studded ceremony in Ballintubber Abbey, Co Mayo, planned an intimate bash with close friends last night to mark the milestone.

The high-profile pair have been together for over ten years, with Shane explaining that the couple now put more focus on meaningful gifts when it comes to celebrations.

"At the start we used to spend money, but you soon get bored of that and it's far more meaningful to put thought and effort into something," Shane explained.

"I'd rather have a gift that cost nothing and had loads of thought put into it."

The singer also revealed how this Christmas was particularly significant for the family as it was their first year with new baby, Shane Peter.

The tot, who has two older siblings, Nicole and Patrick, will turn one on January 22.

"It was the first Christmas with Shane Junior so it was a big Santa Claus Christmas this year," he said.

"We had a traditional day and all the trimmings. The whole family came over from all corners of Sligo, so there was a great atmosphere in the Filan household."

The busy popstar has plenty of big plans for 2011, including a €5m development in his home town of Sligo.

Shane owns a property development company called Shafin, alongside his brother Finbarr, and the pair are hoping to buck the recession by building a neighbourhood centre.

The building will be anchored by a large supermarket and will also contain five retail units and two takeaway outlets.