December 13 2013 Latest news:
By karen bethell
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Traditional wedding cars might include a classic Rolls Royce or a Bentley.
But not only did north Norfolk couple Amy Michaels and Richard Noble choose a rather unusual convoy of military vehicles as a means of transport, they also decided to tie the knot at a steam railway station and hold their reception in a military museum.
The couple, who took their vows at Weybourne station on the North Norfolk Railway on Monday, were introduced via a dating website five years ago.
Richard, who works as a workshop controller at a Norwich commercial vehicle company, said: “Once we had got to know each other online, we decided to meet up and, after chatting for quite a while, we found we got on really well.”
The couple discovered they shared a passion for military vehicles and steam engines and spent their courtship visiting shows and rallies, often manning a stationary engine display stand.
“Amy is a lovely, bubbly person, and what I like about her is that she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty and she likes what I like – steam and military,” Richard said.
Former Sheringham High School student Amy, who is a nurse at Swanton Care Centre, Melton Constable, has been a steam and military fan since childhood.
“My parents would take me to the Thursford Collection and Bressingham Steam Museum, so when Richard mentioned he liked steam, I knew exactly what he was talking about,” she said.
Looking for somewhere “different” to get married, Richard, 42, came up with the idea of the North Norfolk Railway’s Weybourne booking office, where North Walsham-bsed registrars have been conducting weddings since 2007, and, for the reception, the Muckleburgh Collection military museum.
“It just seemed perfect,” Amy, 40, said. “And although we were limited to 42 people at the station, we invited 100 for the ceilidh in the evening, which was wonderful.”
The couple set off along Weybourne Road with their guests, including Richard’s mum Margaret, who travelled in a 1940s American Jeep owned by Hughie and Sue Saunders; Amy’s mum Sue, who arrived in a Reynolds Boughton army truck with bridesmaids Sarah Sowden, Stacey Brookman-Phillips and Richard’s 14-year-old daughter Helen, and friend Norman Millett, who led the convoy in his 1912, Thetford-built tracton engine.
Amy and her dad Norman rolled up at the station in a restored ERF tractor unit, while Richard travelled on ahead in the Diamond T American truck he has spent the past 10 years restoring.