Becky treated like royalty on wedding day
FORMER Wells Carnival Queen Becky Cooper had a right royal surprise when she got married last month.
Her parents Derek and June had secretly arranged that her wedding transport would be the Carnival Queen Coach.
“When June and I were thinking of how we could surprise Becky by taking her to church in something other than a car, we thought how she had been the only girl ever in the city of Wells to be Carnival Queen twice in its over 100 years of the carnival, and that it would be nice if she became Queen for another day,” said Derek.
“It was delivered a few days before the wedding under great secrecy and hidden in Haybridge caravan park behind our house. We were very grateful to Jason of the park.
“We then secretly decorated it, making sure Becky was not around, and on the day Maurice Day, president of Wells Carnival and a great friend of the family, became our chauffeur for the day.”
Becky, the oldest of Derek and June’s six daughters, married Aaron Collett at Wookey Hole Church on October 17.
She was taken in the coach from her parents’ home to the church, and from the church to the reception at the Swan Hotel.
She is the manager of her sister Sally’s cinema Wells Film Centre, where Aaron also works.
The couple met while they were both serving in the Territorial Army, now known as the Army Reserve. Becky’s tours with the TA took in the war zone of Iraq and a Kenyan training area. Aaron has also served in the regular army as well as the TA, with tours in Cyprus, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Jordan.
They spent their honeymoon travelling around North Wales.