Special guard of honour at Norwich Castle celebrates wedding of north Norfolk soldier

Guardsman Gavin Herrick marries Romany Herrick at The Castle Museum. Gavin is a Coldstream Guard and

Guardsman Gavin Herrick marries Romany Herrick at The Castle Museum. Gavin is a Coldstream Guard and was joined by colleagues l-r: Guardsman Sam Joseph, Guardsman Ben Bottomley, Lance Cpl Paul Edden and Guardsman Jacob Burk. - Credit: Archant

A soldier and his new bride were treated to a special guard of honour outside Norwich's historic castle.

Guardsman Gavin Herrick marries Romany Herrick at The Castle Museum. Gavin is a Coldstream Guard and

Guardsman Gavin Herrick marries Romany Herrick at The Castle Museum. Gavin is a Coldstream Guard and was joined by colleagues l-r: Guardsman Sam Joseph, Guardsman Ben Bottomley, Lance Cpl Paul Edden and Guardsman Jacob Burk. - Credit: Archant

Gavin Herrick, 25, a guardsman in the Coldstream Guards' Number 7 Company, and teaching assistant Romany Womack, 19, from north Norfolk, said 'I do' at Norwich register office yesterday.

To make the day even better, four members of the London-based regiment - also known as Queen's Guard - lined up outside the castle.

Mother of the bride, Wendy Hill, 50, from Burton Avenue in North Walsham, said: 'Gavin's commanding officer asked if he wanted a guard of honour. Gavin was chuffed and Romany was honoured. It is really special.'

The couple met two years ago while working as cleaners at North Walsham High School.

Guardsman Gavin Herrick marries Romany Herrick at The Castle Museum. Gavin is a Coldstream Guard and

Guardsman Gavin Herrick marries Romany Herrick at The Castle Museum. Gavin is a Coldstream Guard and was joined by colleagues l-r: Guardsman Sam Joseph, Guardsman Ben Bottomley, Lance Cpl Paul Edden and Guardsman Jacob Burk. - Credit: Archant


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Guardsman Herrick joined the Coldstream Guards in September 2016 and proposed on Christmas Day last year under Norwich's Tunnel of Light.

After the ceremony, guardsman Herrick said: 'It has been an amazing day. The guys being here in their tunics and bearskins has made it better.'

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His new wife said: 'It has been a unique opportunity.'

Coldstream Guards history

The Coldstream Guards is part of the Guards Division and Foot Guards regiments of the British army.

It is the oldest regiment in the army in continuous active service.

The regiment originated in Coldstream, Scotland, in 1650 when General George Monck founded the unit.

It is one of two regiments of the army's Household Division that can trace its lineage to the New Model Army - formed during the English Civil War under orders from Oliver Cromwell.

The Coldstream Guards is made up of the 1st Battalion, which undertakes light infantry duties, and Number 7 Company, which gets involved with public duties.

Number 7 Company is based at Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk, London, close to Buckingham Palace.

Its primary role is ceremonial, guarding royal palaces and taking a lead role in state occasions including the Queen's birthday parade - known as Trooping the Colour.

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