A DONCASTER vicar’s prayers have been answered – after he married his former model fiancée at his own church.
The Rev Andrew Allington, aged 54, who has conducted more than 100 weddings, was finally the groom as he married 35-year-old ‘action girl’ extreme sports fanatic Hazel Trudgen, in a ceremony conducted by the biking Bishop of Doncaster, Rt Rev Cyril Ashton.
The couple met at a village fete a year ago and the Reverend was so struck he proposed within a week.
Vicar Andrew said: “I waited a long time to meet the right person, but I’m so glad I have.
“Hazel is so much more than I could have ever expected or imagined – beautiful inside and out!”
Bride Hazel, who flew over the church earlier this year when she took her first flying lesson, is usually found on a motorbike.
But on her wedding day she left her bike at home, opting for a more traditional entrance in a horse and carriage.
During their special day at St Mary’s Parish Church in Stainforth, the couple relied on the assistance of local residents and businesses to help out with the organisation.
Around 400 friends, relations and parishioners attended the ceremony.
Guests toasted the couple in a marquee provided by the Thorne Rural Lions, with the soundtrack provided by the local Hatfield Brass Band and Doncaster Wheatsheaf singers.
And, in return for their help, the whole community were invited to the reception in the grounds behind the church and local community centre.
Hazel is a passionate fan of motorbikes, rollerblading and rock climbing, and lived in Sydney, Australia, for seven years crewing on luxury yachts.
She even worked behind the scenes on the box office hit Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones.
She says she doesn’t expect to conform to the role of a traditional vicar’s wife serving tea and scones, as she describes herself as an ‘action girl’.
She said: “I didn’t think I was cut out to be a vicar’s wife.
“I had the stereotypical view, I thought it was someone in a brown corduroy skirt who baked apple pies for the church fete and was always sensible.
“I suppose I was a bit of an action girl. I bombed around in an old Land Rover that I had fixed myself.
“I was always on the go, I would rollerblade down Bondi Beach, go rock climbing and I even raced superbikes. But before I knew it I was falling in love with the village vicar.”
Hazel said she didn’t think there would be any romance when she first met Andrew.
But their relationship blossomed when he tracked her down on Facebook and they started exchanging emails.