Blast fails to stop cou­ple walk­ing down aisle

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS | TERROR ON THE TUBE - BY JACK HARDY

A COU­PLE’S wed­ding day plans were plunged into chaos when their choice of venue was caught at the cen­tre of the Par­sons Green ter­ror lock­down yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The Bishop of Kens­ing­ton Dr Gra­ham Tom­lin re­vealed fran­tic ef­forts were made to find a new place for the pair to tie the knot af­ter a vast po­lice cor­don was in­stalled around St Dio­nis Church.

The ex­plo­sion on a Dis­trict Line train pass­ing through Par­sons Green sta­tion had prompted a mass evac­u­a­tion of the area, which saw the church and other build­ings sealed off.

Nup­tial bliss was sal­vaged for the prospec­tive man and wife, how­ever, as All Saints Church near Put­ney Bridge, west London, was made avail­able for them to use.

The Rev Tim Still­well con­ducted the cer­e­mony and said the cou­ple, who had asked not to be named, stayed calm dur­ing the episode.

He said: “It was due to take place in our church, St Dio­nis, but we sud­denly be­came part of a po­lice cor­don and it was no-ac­cess to any ar­eas.

“With six hours no­tice we had to move it from St D’s to All Saints down the road and it was only half-an-hour late.

“It was sup­posed to take place at 3pm and they walked down the aisle at 3.30pm.”

The cou­ple had to get per­mis­sion from the reg­is­ter of­fice be­fore the cer­e­mony could go ahead in a new lo­ca­tion.

Mr Still­well said he had never had to re­sort to such mea­sures be­fore and had a mat­ter of hours to se­cure the per­mis­sion, swing­ing into ac­tion at around 9am.

Af­ter they were given the goa­head, guests were con­tacted and the wed­ding was once again on track, he said.

“For­tu­nately it was a small wed­ding, it was a few fam­ily mem­bers, so it was quite easy to get the word around, we could com­mu­ni­cate quite quickly,” he said.

“The cou­ple were very re­laxed and laid­back — I was apol­o­gis­ing so pro­fusely, say­ing ‘I’m so, so sorry’, very con­scious of spoil­ing their day, but they to­tally un­der­stand.

“They kept say­ing ‘these things hap­pen, it’s not your fault’, they were very laid­back.

“It went very well and I think it’s a mi­cro­cosm of life — you can cel­e­brate and ex­press joy amid dev­as­ta­tion and grief.”

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