Couple plan their own Olympic Torch tribute for wedding
A COUPLE planning their wedding at Beverley Minster have come up with a unique idea inspired by the Olympic Torch relay.
Mark Kelly and Nicky Kilford have bought their own torch – battery powered.
They have put it in a box with a note and set it off on a mystery journey.
The aim is for the couple's torch to be passed from person-to-person, soon losing any connection with its origin. People who receive it are asked to photograph it somewhere notable and pass it on.
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In the last week of August, the couple hope whoever receives the torch will send it back to their home in Laughton Road, Beverley.
Mr Kelly, 48, said: "Maybe I've got too much time on my hands. But I was inspired by this whole thing of the torch going around the country.
"Our one is not an Olympic Torch, just an ordinary one, but we're having it engraved.
"It's setting off this week with my friend, Richard Johnson, who lives in Bolton.
"After that, we don't know who'll get it but I hope people will embrace the idea."
Salesman Mr Kelly will marry Miss Kilford, 40, on September 1 at Beverley Minster.
The service will be followed by a reception at the Lairgate Hotel and an evening celebration at Beverley War Memorial Hall.
Miss Kilford will be familiar to many in the town centre.
She works as manageress at G Jack and Son delicatessen in Wednesday Market, Beverley.
Apart from the relay, the couple's big day will be very traditional.
But they're hoping people receiving the torch will engage with their idea and give them something unusual to remember the day with.
Mr Kelly said: "We really hope people will embrace it.
"I'll be setting up a Facebook page so people can find out more about it and maybe follow its progress. It will start with Richard but then go to another of his friends and, from then on, it will be passed to the friends of people we don't know.
"Of course, whoever has the torch at the end of August. I'll pay the expense for returning it to Beverley. This relay idea might not work at all but you never know."
The couple hope their torch plan will capture the Olympic spirit that has gripped East Yorkshire this week.
Tens of thousands of people greeted the torch as it travelled from Bridlington to Goole, via Beverley and Hull.