Here's how the day went. The group arrived at Daisy Nook Garden Centre to take a tour of the Corrie exhibition. As they did so we told them that our special couple were feeling unwell and so their escort Neville would have to take them to their hotel. So Neville, Helene and Jack vanished. In fact Neville MacKay (a fantastic florist) was in a back room making a stunning bouquet and buttonholes from red, white and blue flowers supplied by Daisy Nook. When completed he and the happy couple were whisked off to the venue.
Half and hour or so later and I and the group boarded the coach and set off for our second stop - Ryecroft Hall. This is where so many Corrie weddings have been filmed (including Rita and Dennis, Gail and Michael, Gail and Joe, David and Kylie, Steve and Becky - and many more). The group took a seat and we sprang the surprise. We'd managed to get Canon Sykes, Chaplain to HM The Queen to perform a ceremony, we had music, we had flowers and we had candles. And off we went. Half an hour later - having had readings from Neville and I - the happy couple were well and truly 'blessed' and they left the room to the strains of the Corrie theme tune (of course!).
From there we went to Salford Quays, travelled past the old Quays St studios and out to the Red Rec Park before making our way to their hotel.
A lovely group - a lovely day - and a great last tour for me after 20 years.
|Neville creating magic on a previous visit to Daisy Nook|
|The old Granada Studios|
|Dennis marries Rita at Ryecroft Hall|
|Stella and Karl outside Ryecroft Hall|
|David and Kylie marrying in the room we used|