Wed­ding trac­tor ride for ru­ral new­ly­weds

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All Downhill In Aldington - By Matt Le­clere

As wed­ding trans­port goes how about a fleet of JCB trac­tors?

That was ex­actly how Tim O’Lough­lin de­cided to ar­rive and whisk away his new bride Amy Chap­pell at the cou­ple’s wed­ding in Be­nen­den on Satur­day.

Tim, who works as an agri­cul­tural con­trac­tor, has grown up driv­ing the ma­chines for most of his life, and both his par­ents are farm­ers.

Tim said: “I’ve driven these the length and breadth of the coun­try and spent most of my work­ing life in them, so thought ‘why not bring them to the wed­ding too’.”

One of his ush­ers sug­gested Tim and his best man Rory Snell ar­rived in one, but that just gave Tim the idea that they should all come in one, so they got all three.

Tim said: “I didn’t know if it was go­ing to be gim­micky or a bit tacky, but ev­ery­one loved it.

“My wife loved it and it was her idea to go to the re­cep­tion in them at Pulling­ton Fold Farm, just a mile up the road.

“They were a fea­ture at the re­cep­tion and all the kids could climb all over them. It was a wed­ding and an agri­cul­tural show.”

Along with their two-year-old son Harry, the new­ly­weds sat in one of the cabs pos­ing for photos be­fore Tim and Amy, who live in High Halden, left with the grooms­men to the re­cep­tion.

The ve­hi­cles were in real dan­ger of be­com­ing the stars of the day – and not only at Tim and Amy’s own wed­ding.

Tim said: “We al­most stole the thun­der at this wed­ding in Ten­ter­den as we were driv­ing through.

“Peo­ple re­alised we were bowed up for a wed­ding and that there were three of us and all the cam­eras started turn­ing. It was only for 10 sec­onds though. It was fan­tas­tic and ab­so­lutely bril­liant, and we couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter wed­ding.

“It’s go­ing to be hard to beat. My best mate is get­ting mar­ried and he’s said ‘thanks mate, I’ve got to work re­ally hard now’.”

Tim added: “Amy loved it and with­out even think­ing about it said yes.

“All she had been wor­ried about was get­ting to the church but she was more ex­cited about leav­ing the church in one of the JCBs.”

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3989222

Groom Tim O’Lough­lin and best man Rory Snell

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3989220

The groom, best man, ush­ers and vicar with the trac­tors

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Tim O’Lough­lin with his wife Amy and their son Harry

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