Wedding of a lifetime

The Crown and Anchor is pulling out all the stops to host a vow renewal worth £10,000!

With the Royal Wedding fresh in her mind and dreams of winning the Taverns & Leased ‘Pub of the Year’ title, Landlord Rachel had the idea of hosting a wedding for a deserving local couple.

“I wanted to get some positive press for Redcar, so I rallied round local suppliers and called on friends to put together a full wedding package,” she said.

Rachel got in touch with the local paper and radio station to put a call out for nominations – but nothing could have prepared her for the huge response! “I definitely didn’t expect it to grow as big as it did! I can’t believe how generous people have been – everyone just wants to do something good for the local community,” she added.

Dave and Vikki were chosen from 50 shortlisted couples. They were originally married in a short ceremony in Gretna Green but really wanted something more special. After losing everything in a fire earlier this year, they rebuilt their home with the help of the local community, and now have the wedding they’ve always dreamed of to look forward to!

The couple will enjoy hen and stag parties before the big day, complete with hair and makeup, a limousine, a catering package worth £3,000, a photographer, rings, wedding night accommodation and a two-night honeymoon – wow!

Dave said: “We’re lost for words and can’t wait for the big day in August – it’s going to be amazing!” And – to top it off – they made it into their local paper! Click here to read the full article.

Well done Rachel, what a brilliant idea! Want more? Have a listen to Rachel’s radio interview here (tip: skip to 13 minutes for the best bit!).

Are you dreaming big and doing something different in your community? Let us know what you’re up to in the comments below.

Dave and Vikki with their family

Dave and Vikki with their family. 

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