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Bride takes a tuk-tuk to church

PUBLISHED: 13:49 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 15:19 07 July 2010

Newlyweds Emma Willis and Jeremy Smith at All Saints Church, Mattishall with the tuk tuk

Newlyweds Emma Willis and Jeremy Smith at All Saints Church, Mattishall with the tuk tuk

They are a familiar sight darting in and out of traffic in the colourful chaos of the Indian city Delhi, but not what you might expect to find at a traditional English wedding in rural Norfolk.

They are a familiar sight darting in and out of traffic in the colourful chaos of the Indian city Delhi, but not what you might expect to find at a traditional English wedding in rural Norfolk.

Yet bride Emma Willis, from Toftwood, on the edge of Dereham, could not imagine any better way of arriving at All Saints Church, in Mattishall, on her wedding day than in a three-wheeled Indian taxi know as a tuk-tuk.

The high school teacher fell in love with India while working there in 2006 and 2007, and when she started planning her wedding to Jeremy Smith, a 37-year-old patent attorney from Wilby, Northamptonshire, she knew she wanted to include something from India in their special day.

“When I was in India tuk-tuks were my mode of transport. I loved them. I just wanted something significant about India to be part of our wedding day and the tuk-tuk was also a bit of fun,” said the new Mrs Smith, 35, who did charity work with schools just outside Delhi when she first went to India in 2006 and later worked at an international school in Ooty, in Tamil Nadu.

“It was great coming to the church by tuk-tuk. You could feel the wind as we were driving by and it was just like being in India with all the same sounds.”

Mrs Smith, who has just left City of Norwich School to move to Northamptonshire, found the tuk-tuk while shopping at the Longwater Lane Sainsbury's in Norwich. She was so excited to see it in the car park that she waited until its owner, Dennis Carroll, came out of the supermarket so she could ask him about it.

The quirky black and yellow vehicle is originally from Delhi and Mr Carroll, a Norwich black cab driver, has spent about 13 months revamping it.

He said Saturday was the first time he has taken anybody to a wedding in the tuk-tuk and he decorated the vehicle with white balloons and ribbons for the occasion.

Mr and Mrs Smith, who met online three years ago when Mrs Smith was in India, are continuing the Asian theme for their honeymoon by going to the Maldives.

To hire the tuk-tuk call Mr Carroll on 07999 307757.


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