Hear ye ... Sue weds her Prince Charming
By MARY MANN
A WEDDING party at Tuncester narrowly escaped the jaws of a fire-breathing dragon on Saturday.
Valiant soldiers struck the fierce creature down, releasing the groom, Ian Somerville, from an evil spell.
But before he could wed his love, Sue Boyd, he had to rescue her from a 12-metre yacht floating on a heart-shaped dam.
The epic drama continued as the groom and his merry men were carried triumphantly on a chariot, pulled by Rossi the Wonder Dog.
But as a pumpkin fountain sprayed from the dam, swordsmen charged the chariot.
One of the groom's loyal men escaped, jumped aboard the yacht and sailed the bride to shore, where the happy couple sealed their marriage with a true-love kiss.
It was a medieval fairytale, but for the 100 guests at Ian and Sue's wedding, it came to life in the present day.
"That's the kind of people they are. Very outgoing," one of Sue's friends, Robyn Hardy said.
"Ian dug the heart dam and got the excavator rigged up with a dragon head. It was the most amazing wedding I've seen."
As well as the medieval storyline, Ian was taken for a ride in a small plane which then dropped rose petals on the guests.
"I just wanted to do something different," he said.
"After about a year's planning everything came together and it was fun. It feels good."
Most would think toy soldiers and excavator dragons were 'boys' stuff', but Sue had as much fun as anyone.
"It was absolutely fabulous, something people will remember for a long time," she said.