Torch comes home for wedding

Nicky and Mark Kelly with their Olympic Wedding Torch. (submitted)
Nicky and Mark Kelly with their Olympic Wedding Torch. (submitted)

A BEVERLEY couple’s wedding day was made more special by the arrival of their very own ‘Olympic Wedding Torch.’

As previously reported in the Beverley Guardian, Mark and Nicky Kelly (nee Kilford) of Laughton Road, Beverley bought their own battery-powered ‘Olympic’ torch back in June.

The couple sent the torch off on a journey around the country in the hope that it would be passed on by strangers and make it back to Beverley for their wedding which was held on September 1 at Beverley Minster.

The Kelly’s torch, which they had engraved with ‘Mark and Nicky’s Olympic Wedding Torch,’ begans it’s journey when it was passed on to a friend who took it to Bolton.

The torch has since toured the UK visiting the likes of Sussex, Hampshire, Cornwall, Glastonbury Tor, Birmingham and Manchester to name but a few.

Mark Kelly 48, said: “The torch must have been with around 10 to 15 people, the most surprising part was when it went to Aardman Studios - we never really knew what would happen but to see it on the set of the new Pirates! movie and with penguin from Wallace and Gromit was quite surprising.”

Up until the day of the couple’s wedding at Beverley Minster, Bride Nicky was unsure whether the torch would arrive on big day, however, Mark had arranged for the torch to make an appearance at the Lairgate Hotel, Beverley in time for the reception.

Mark, whose idea was inspired by the reception the Olympic Torch Relay received in his home town and throughout the country, added: “I knew the torch would be back for the weding but Nicky didn’t, somebody has asked her the day before the wedding if she thought that the torch would make it back in time and she just said, ‘no,’ she was quite disapointed.

“I had tracked the torch down to London, which was ironic as that was where the Olympic Games were held. I rang the guy who had it on the Thursday and he said he’d take it into work for a picture and take it to Parcel Force on the Friday so that it would be deivered to the Lairgate for Saturday, the wedding day.

“The torch actually arrived at the Lairgate during the ceremony so we made it part of the speeches at the reception,” Mark added.

A real Olympic Torch also made an appearance at the Kelly’s wedding reception as one guest had acted as a torch bearer in Staffordshire.

The couple’s unique way of marking their wedding has certainly been a hit with Beverley residents with 409 people following the torch’s progress through a group created on the social networking site, Facebook.

Bride, Nicky 41, works in G Jack and Son Delicetessen on Wednesday Market in Beverley and had a lot of interest from customers asking about the progress of the torch.

“Nicky works in Jacks in Beverley and almost everyday people were in and out asking her where the torch was and if it would get back in time for the wedding,” adder Mark.

To round its journey, the well-travelled torch accompanied the happy couple on thier honeymood to Cuba where it was lucky enough to swim with dolphins.

For picture of the torch and to re-live its marathon vist www.facebook.com and seach for ‘The Olympic Wedding Torch.’