Silsden bride to share big day with Tour thousands

Bride to be Samantha Grayston speaks out about the problem she will face getting to the church for her wedding due to the closure of roads in Skipton on the day of the grand depart . (6994874)

Bride to be Samantha Grayston speaks out about the problem she will face getting to the church for her wedding due to the closure of roads in Skipton on the day of the grand depart . (6994866)

Bride to be Samantha Grayston speaks out about the problem she will face getting to the church for her wedding due to the closure of roads in Skipton on the day of the grand depart . (6994843)

First published in Keighley

WHEN Silsden bride-to-be Sam Grayston booked her wedding day in Skipton over two years ago, she wasn't expecting thousands of people to be thronging the town centre on her big day.

But then she and her future husband Liam Duckett, also from Silsden, didn't know that they had inadvertently picked a time when thousands of cycling fans would be making it the biggest sporting day in Skipton's history.

And with the Tour de France in town, Sam, 27, may have to walk from her wedding at Christ Church to the reception at Herriots Hotel.

The couple have been warned by Craven Council that road closures in and around Skipton mean that the cars they have booked may well not be able to get to the church to carry the happy pair from the 2pm ceremony.

And such is the expected disruption that Liam – and up to 45 guests – may have to travel from Silsden into Skipton by train before the wedding.

Sam, manager of Berries Florists in Skipton, said she and Liam, who is in the army and based at Catterick garrison, were putting a brave face on it.

She said: "Obviously we didn't know the Tour was going to be here when we decided on July 5, but now we're thinking at least there will be a huge buzz about the town. If the weather is good it will be great – if it's not we're going to need a lot of umbrellas!"

Sam said she had decided to stay in Herriots Hotel on the night before the wedding, so she will only be about half-a-mile from the church. Again, if the weather is good, she, family and friends intend to walk along the canal towpath to the ceremony. About 50 guests will be at the afternoon reception, with about 100 expected in the evening.

Sam said: "We're hoping that most guests will be able to cope, though there are several elderly people and one person in a wheelchair – we can only do what we can now and hope that it all works out . At least there will be a huge party atmosphere."

Sam added that both Craven Council staff and Herriots Hotel management had been extremely helpful when she and Liam realised the problems they would have.

"Everyone's been great and helped as far as they possibly can," Sam said. "Now all we can do is hope for the best."

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