A NEWLYWED couple from Sheffield travelled to their reception in style after tying the knot - by hiring their very own city tram!
Deborah Stiff, aged 34, and Gary Cundey, 42, from Intake, chartered a special service to take themselves and around 40 guests from Sheffield Cathedral to Malin Bridge, following their wedding ceremony at the Town Hall register office.
The couple hired a cream-coloured Stagecoach Supertram, modelled on the old Sheffield Corporation trams, for the memorable trip.
The vehicle’s three coaches were decked out in ribbons and the destination lights even displayed Deborah and Gary’s names.
Deborah said she organised the £150 tram journey as the couple ‘wanted to do something different’.
She said: “I just think it’s fabulous. I wouldn’t have wanted to pay for cars, it’s just not something we even contemplated. You can’t fit half as many people in a car as you can in a tram.
“We’re trying to do a budget wedding.”
Deborah originally tried to reserve the front coach of a tram to Malin Bridge, but was told it wasn’t possible as the journey would clash with fans going to Sheffield Wednesday’s match against Milton Keynes Dons at Hillsborough.
“I think they’ve only run a service for a wedding once before. It picked us up from the Cathedral and then nobody else could get on,” she said.
The reception at Wood Lane Countryside Centre in Stannington had a Spanish theme, and along with the usual drinks and cake, guests tucked into a large paella cooked outside.
Deborah, a manager for the NHS’s substance abuse service, is originally from Luton but moved up north to study French and Spanish at Sheffield University. She met Gary, a plasterer, as he was a regular visitor to the Springvale pub in Commonside, where she worked in her student years.
The couple have two sons - Kai, seven, and Luca, four.
“Originally when Gary and I first met, we said we’d get married when we lived in Spain - well, that hasn’t happened yet! Children got in the way. I’ve always loved Spain. It’s warm and sunny and there’s a nicer lifestyle,” Deborah said.
“I’m looking forward to the party. It’ll be a lovely day.”