THREE Calderdale couples won’t be watching the Royal wedding on April 29 – they’ll be too busy making their vows on the same day as the future King. All three booked their weddings months ago.
Clair Hodges and fiance Peter Walker, both 36, of Midgley, will marry at Gib-
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son Mill, Hebden Bridge, will be a small affair - with 16 guests, but guests are travelling far and wide to share their special day. Clairs parents have made their way to Yorkshire from New Zealand and her sister will travel from Dorset.
They had already decided on a vintage theme, and have sourced crockery and Claire will wear a reworked dress, but they have paid homage to Kate and Wills and made their home-made bunting, red, white and blue.
“I was a bit shocked at first but I’ve got over it. We’re behind them by about four hours but because everybody is off it’s going to feel like a proper holiday,” said Claire.
Suzanne Hadcroft, 28, and her groom-to-be Adam Cheshire, 32, met six years ago. The couple were introduced by mutual friends and live together in Denholme.
Adam, a heating engineer proposed to Suzanne, a social worker, at Christmas two years ago.
“I’m not a royalist, but it’s great it’s such a special occasion,” said Suzanne. Their ceremony will be at 1pm at Holdsworth House and 70 guests will watch on.
Chris Boddy, 31, was introduced to his fiancee Sally Siddons by friends. Although the pair now live in Huddersfield they have chosen the picturesque settings of Halifax Register Office at Spring Hall, to tie the knot at 2pm.
Sally and Chris share their birthday, and Sally, originally from Elland is exactly ten years younger than her husband-to-be.
“We booked our wedding way before we knew anything about the Royal Wedding. I am fine about it but Sally was a bit annoyed at first. She keeps hearing the countdown to the Royal Wedding and saying ‘It’s ours too!’” laughed Chris.
It’s been a long-held dream for the pair to tie the knot, but they thought a lack of finances might stand in their way.
“We thought we’d never be able to save up enough money,” said Chris.
After the ceremony their 100 guests will join them for a reception at Elland Cricket Club.
“I don’t think any of them are particularly bothered about missing it,” said Chris.