Longlevens couple win dream wedding with The Citizen
"WE are on cloud nine".
Karen Beckett and Terry Sanderson, from Longlevens, have won their dream wedding thanks to an incredible effort by friends and family.
Karen, 32, and Terry, 29, of Longlevens, rallied friends, family and colleagues to help them collect as many tokens as possible to win The Citizen competition.
"It feels like a dream, we are on cloud nine," said Karen, a classroom assistant at The National Star College. We had all of our friends and family collecting, we had posters up in windows, shops. We did as much as we could. We even had strangers handing us the voting slips!"
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The pair met five years ago at the college, where Terry is the maintenance worker. A year later they were engaged.
"Terry got down on one knee outside what used to be Moda, in Cheltenham, exactly 12 months after our first date," added Karen, who has a daughter; Lettitia, 15, from a previous relationship and a son, Jack, aged three, with Terry.
"We have been engaged for a long time, so this is amazing, we really can't wait."
As well as the venue of the Hallmark Hotel in Matson, where they were announced the winners on Thursday night, their wedding prize includes a dress from Mystia, rings from Chappelle jewellery, flowers from Plantations Florist, mensware from Slaters, photography by Vicki Haines, a cake by Just Beautiful Weddings, a mini-moon at Magdalene Chapter hotel and a spa day at Montpellier Chapter hotel and a candy cart from Charmaine's Foods.