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Bird of prey flies in for special town hall wedding

Released: Wednesday, 13 September 2017

PR17-127 - the owl hired to fly in rings at Kelly Horner and James Davies wedding

Owls about this for an unusual wedding...

Worthing Town Hall hosted a somewhat unusual ceremony this weekend - when the bride and groom chose to have the rings delivered by a flying feathered friend.

After choosing to get married in the venue's committee rooms, Kelly Horner and James Davies hired an owl to soar down the length of the town hall to deliver the rings.

It marked a first for the Grade II listed building - which has hosted zombies and Daleks before, but never an owl.

Bride Kelly settled on the idea after meeting staff from Selsey based 'Owls About Town' at Haskins Garden Centre in Angmering a few years ago.

After the bride walked in, the stage was set for the owl to steal the show.

The task was for it to fly down the length of the building's committee rooms and land on the best man's arm before he passed the rings over to the happy couple.

But things did not immediately go quite to plan - with the bird taking three attempts to reach his destination.

Kelly said:

“It didn't go quite to plan. The owl preferred the chandelier and chair to our best man. But I love that and makes the day even more memorable.”

Councillor Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“In it's 80 year history Worthing Town Hall has seen a lot of things but I think having an owl fly through is very much a novelty.”

“I know staff at the building are always keen to accommodate whatever requests they can, especially for the many wedding bookings that we receive for this lovely civic building.”

“I'm so pleased that we were able to do our bit to ensure that Kelly and James had a very special and unique day.”

For details on booking Worthing Town Hall for your big day, visit the Worthing Town Hall Weddings website.

Photo: Kelly Horner and James Davies outside Worthing Town Hall with the owl hired to fly in rings

PR17-127 - Kelly Horner and James Davies outside Worthing Town Hall with the owl hired to fly in rings

(PR17-127)

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