Gretna wedding turns into a busman's holiday

PUBLISHED: 12:14 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 06 May 2010

The couple (centre) with their families at Gretna Green

The couple (centre) with their families at Gretna Green

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DRIVER Robert Smythson made it a real busman s holiday when he tied the knot and took his fiancé and family to Gretna Green in a mini-coach. Bus driver Robert, aged 39, and Jane Brazier, 40, of Britton Avenue, St Albans, came up with the idea of a traditi

Robert and Jane at the wedding venue

DRIVER Robert Smythson made it a real busman's holiday when he tied the knot and took his fiancé and family to Gretna Green in a mini-coach.

Bus driver Robert, aged 39, and Jane Brazier, 40, of Britton Avenue, St Albans, came up with the idea of a traditional busman's wedding after deciding a conventional marriage was not for them.

So they decided to say their wedding vows in the famous Old Blacksmith's Shop in the Scottish village and took both sets of parents, Robert's brother, his wife and child, and their toy poodle Bobby, along for the ride.

The couple, who have been together eight years, also treated their guests to a night at Scarborough on the way there and Blackpool on the way home.

Bobby the poodle wears a tuxedo for the ceremony

Robert said: "We wanted to spend the money on giving a holiday to close family rather than on one big do so we thought we would spend it on taking parents up on this mini-coach and stopping off at various places."

He added: "One of the main reasons for going to Gretna was that we believe it is one of the most romantic and historic places in Britain to get married. It's funny when we tell people -- you normally go to Gretna Green to elope."

On leaving the Old Blacksmith's Shop, the couple were met by two coach-loads of Chinese tourists all eager to get a snap of Bobby dressed in his tuxedo for the special occasion.

After dropping the family off home, the newly-weds and Bobby travelled to Cornwall for their honeymoon.

Husband and wife are now back home enjoying married life together.

The couple started writing to each other in 1999 through a pen pal club but their paths only crossed when Robert, who had been living in Letchworth, secured a job in St Albans where Jane has lived all of her life.

It turned out that the bus depot where Robert was based was just a few hundred yards from Jane's house.

A few months after their first meeting, Robert was down on one knee at St Peter's Church in the city centre and they have been saving up for their big day since then.

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