The other BIG WEDDING of the year

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I'd like to say that I've been asked to do some pretty unusual things in the past, but actually I'd be lying — I've had a pretty ordinary life doing normal sort of stuff — so it was quite a surprise to be asked to do something really rather unusual . Two of the nicest people I know asked me to marry them! Well OK I know I can't really "marry" them , but we reckon if the captain of a ship has carte blanche to marry someone then the head of a marina can do likewise. Pretty soon the Republic of Overwater Marriage Commitment ceremony was concocted, the invites were sent and last night at around 6.30pm the first Overwater "wedding" took place. None of that sealing your marriage over the Anvil lark here — this was a boater's wedding. The happy couple gave their vows to each other, exchanged rings, hopped over a mop and 'consumed' the union with a trip in their boat once around the island. There wasn't a dry eye in the place!! Afterwards it was back to the Coffee Lounge for a buffet (everyone brought a plateful of food) and the best cakes ever (thanks Debbie!) So we're a slow and steady Marina this morning. A number of moorers have been spotted nursing something resembling a hangover. The happy couple spent the night on the "Bridal Mooring" and the smell of bacon from the Coffee Lounge is making my mouth water.

On a different note, Alex and Anthony are off at Crick Boat Show with the Overwater Stand, so if you're heading that way go and say hello — they're in the Kingfisher Marquee. Closer to home this weekend is the Audlem Music Festival — free live music throughout the village and a carnival on Monday on the playing fields. I'll be at the marina and have promised myself a bacon buttie for brunch on Sunday!

Further reading

Raft Padddle 1
Janet: Mon 29 Oct

We are very proud to say they made it! — our engineering team from Overwater Marina, lead by Simon Peek, workshop manager have recently been paddling for pounds as they completed a mammoth 10 mile paddle from the marina, near Audlem, to Nantwich basin and back to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. The team nicknamed "Peeky's Blinders" were in their bespoke mini...

PEEKYS BLINDERS 2016-1
Carol: Tue 16 Oct 2:56pm

Sunday the 28th October will see the Overwater Marina engineering team paddling for pounds as they attempt a charity row from the Marina, near Audlem, to Nantwich basin and back. Peeky's Blinders, named in honour of workshop manager Simon Peek, have decided to re-launch their raft 'Broke n down' to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute with this sponsored event...

Peeky's Blinders
Carol: Wed 26 Sep 1:21pm

Possibly the smallest narrowboat on the network has recently become available for sale!'Broke n Down' was hand-crafted by the engineers from Overwater Narrowboat Services to take part in this year's raft race at the RNLI festival; which took place alongside the Autumn Boatshare4u Boat show. This narrowboat marvel, and winner of the best-dressed category, was hand-painted and...