A RIPON couple got “a bit of a shock” when their long-planned big day got even bigger.
Kira Wood, 25 and Chris Mullins, 27, are getting married at Ripon Cathedral on Friday, April 29 - the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton.
But the Ripon couple set the date almost two years ago, just after getting engaged beside Lake Iseo in Italy in May 2009.
So it came as a surprise when, last November, when the royal couple announced their wedding would be on the same day.
“We like to think they copied us,” said Kira, “but it was a bit of shock, especially when it was made a bank holiday.”
However, the Royal plans have not affected Kira and Chris’s big day. The cathedral ceremony and reception at the Old Deanery are going ahead as planned, and none of their guests decided to go to London instead.
“Luckily they didn’t get invited, so they are all still coming to our wedding,” Kira said.
Meanwhile, celebrations will be going on around the area to mark the Royal event, and one Ripon charity has come up with a quirky way of marking the special wedding while raising money for their projects.
Volunteers for the Carers’ Resource on Allhallowgate have knitted 1600 Easter chicks dressed as Will, Kate and the rest of the Royal Wedding party. The chicks will cover Easter Eggs and go on sale for £1.50 in the charity’s bases in Ripon, Harrogate and Knaresborough.
Carers’ Resource marketing and fund-raising coordinator, Anne Wells, said: “It’s the next best thing to a front row seat at Westminster Abbey!
“We are so thankful to Cadbury for donating all the Crème Eggs, and to all our volunteer knitters.”
In Sowerby, villagers have planned a party in the parochial hall with a Punch & Judy show, fancy dress competition, bouncy castle, and music by Thirsk Royal British Legion Band. At Holy Trinity Junior School in Ripon pupils will celebrate the day before the wedding with a picnic on the playing fields.
The Mayors of Ripon and Boroughbridge have organised a books of congratulations for well-wishers, which will be available to sign at Boroughbridge and Ripon libraries until Friday, April 22, when they will be sent to Clarence House in time for the wedding the following week.
And Ripon Spa Hotel is holding a Royal Wedding luncheon, starting at 11am with coffee and danish pastries, moving on to champagne throughout the ceremony and a four course buffet lunch, with a choice of wines included. The ceremony will be shown on large screen TVs throughout the day.
Tickets cost £75 per person, with £15 from each ticket donated to Ripon CVS’s Family Support Project.
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