A lucky couple from Wellingborough are looking forward to the wedding of their dreams after a village pub came to the rescue.
Stephen Rickett, 25, and Helen Shaw, 23, from the Queensway estate, have been able to move their nuptial plans forward by two years after winning a wedding worth £4,500 in a competition organised by The Tollemache Arms, in Harrington.
Helen said: “We are a young family with two children, so until we won this amazing prize we could only dream of a big wedding.
“We were going to have to save up for another couple of years, but this now means we can have the wedding sooner.”
The country pub, which has taken advantage of its scenic position by diversifying into weddings, celebrated the venture by staging a competition at a wedding fair at Wicksteed Park last month.
Stephen, whose dad David Rickett’s name was drawn out of a hat to win the prize, said: “This venue is just what we wanted.
“The views are spectacular.
“Everybody gets married in the same places in Wellingborough, so to be able to come here will be special.”
Their children will be featuring in starring roles during the big day, which will take place on Sunday, May 24, next year – two-year-old Tylar will be a pageboy, while six-month-old Maia will be a bridesmaid.
The lovebirds will tie the knot in Wellingborough before moving onto the pub where they will enjoy a free wedding reception, with a three-course meal for up to 40 guests in the restaurant.
The prize also includes an evening buffet for up to 130 guests in a fully-furnished marquee complete with a disco.
Landlord Mark Owen said: “We’re a traditional English pub set in a beautiful rural location but as with many country pubs, we’ve had to adapt to survive.
“We’ve been staging successful weddings for two years but after refining our offer, we’re now looking to expand this side of our business.
“This competition is a celebration of a new chapter in the life of The Tollemache Arms.”
For more information about the venue, visit www.tollemacheharrington.com.