DEB­BIE FAIR­FIELD AND MICHAEL MARKS

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE -

DEB­BIE GREW up in Fin­champ­stead, near Read­ing. She has a de­gree in events man­age­ment from Leeds Metropoli­tan and runs her own events-pro­duc­tion com­pany, Qube Pro­duc­tions. Deb­bie is a for­mer leader of Hanoar Hatzioni and chaired the lo­cal Hanoar Hatzioni group at Read­ing He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion. She also worked as events man­ager for the United Jewish Is­rael Ap­peal. Michael, who grew up in Higher Crump­sall, Manch­ester, has a de­gree in mu­sic from Liver­pool and a post-grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in ed­u­ca­tion. He teaches peo­ple to play mu­si­cal in­stru­ments through Manch­ester Mu­sic Ser­vice, spe­cial­is­ing in clar­inet, sax­o­phone and flute. A leader of the 401st Manch­ester (Jewish) Scout Troop, he was Re­gional Chair for UJS Lan­cashire Re­gion in 2000. The cou­ple are go­ing to live in Manch­ester. How they met “We met in the last place ei­ther of us thought we would find that spe­cial some­one — in a field out­side Strat­ford-Up­onAvon in Au­gust 2004,” says Michael. “Deb­bie was liv­ing in Lon­don at the time with friends from Manch­ester who had grown up with me. The friends con­vinced her to spend a week­end camp­ing over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end, where we were in­tro­duced. We got on re­ally well and it all started from there.” The pro­posal “Michael pro­posed to me when we were on hol­i­day in Is­rael,” Deb­bie says. “It was on the bal­cony of the David Ci­tadel Ho­tel over­look­ing the Old City. He put the ring in the mid­dle of a sushi plat­ter — he knows that sushi is my favourite food — and then popped the ques­tion.” The wed­ding “We were mar­ried at the Read­ing He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion syn­a­gogue,” says Michael. “It is a beau­ti­ful, small, his­toric shul which was com­pletely filled with our guests. That cre­ated a re­ally warm, lovely at­mos­phere.” Deb­bie adds: “The re­cep­tion took place at the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel in Mar­low in a ban­quet­ing suite over­look­ing a beau­ti­ful lake. Later on in the cel­e­bra­tions we had fire­works over the lake, and Michael played along with the band on his clar­inet and sax­o­phone.” The hon­ey­moon “Michael sur­prised me on the evening of our wed­ding with tick­ets for a fab­u­lous trip to the Far East,” re­calls Deb­bie. “He had booked Koh Sa­mui in Thai­land and Hong Kong Is­land. Nei­ther of us had been to the Far East so this was a per­fect des­ti­na­tion.”

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