Musbury bride’s train is just the ticket

PUBLISHED: 12:35 07 August 2013

The Wedding Day Special

The Wedding Day Special


Wedding guests get to ride on Gemma’s very own steam locomotive

The bridal train took on a whole new meaning at a Musbury woman’s wedding.

Gemma Pritchard had her very own steam locomotive specially brought in for guests to ride on at her reception at Haselbury Mill.

The narrow-gauge engine and coaches were borrowed for the occasion from the Beer Heights Light Railway at Pecorama, which is run by the bride’s family.

Dad Michael Pritchard explained: “It so happens that at Haselbury Mill there is a miniature railway track and it is the same gauge as ours at Beer.

“It seemed too good an opportunity to miss, running trains on this special wedding day, so we took a locomotive to the event, one which happened to be named Gem, after my daughter, in 1999.

“There cannot be many weddings where you have train rides at the same time!”

Gemma married Colyton man Peter Horne in the Great Tithe Barn, at Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne.

The bride, who works in the science lab at Exeter University, is the youngest daughter of Michael and the late Maxine Pritchard, of Musbury.

The bridegroom, who works for his father as a carpenter and joiner, is the youngest son of Jeremy and Sara Horne, of Colyton.

The best man, a friend of Peter since the earliest of days, was James Voysey.

The bride wore an ivory lace halterneck dress with beading details at the back and a scallop edge puddle lace train.

After the wedding breakfast where the tables were adorned with wonderfully smelling sweet peas, all grown by both families, the 80 guests were entertained by the magician ‘Magic Moon’ and train rides. The couple are honyemoon in Sardinia.

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