Guides’ guard of honour for Ribble Valley leader Lynda

THE BIG DAY: Bride Lynda with her bridesmaids including Assistant Guide Leader Alison Dullenty and Division Treasurer Helen Read. (s)
THE BIG DAY: Bride Lynda with her bridesmaids including Assistant Guide Leader Alison Dullenty and Division Treasurer Helen Read. (s)
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GUIDE leader Lynda Marsh tied a knot of a different kind on Easter Saturday when she got married surrounded by her Guides.

The 38-year-old, from Old Langho, had her wedding reception at Waddow Hall, Waddington, where she used to work as an assistant manager and where she regularly visits with her Guides and youth clubs.

Eleven Guides attended the wedding, forming a guard of honour and serving refreshments.

The bridal party and guests stayed over at the Waddington Road-based Girlguiding Activity Centre in its 29 en-suite bedrooms and self-catering cottages.

Then on Sunday they partaked in activity sessions including archery, grass sledging, climbing, zip wire and clay pigeon shooting.

On Good Friday, the night before the wedding, dedicated Guide leader Lynda was even involved in a sleep over with her Guides at Waddow Hall.

Lynda, who teaches at a primary school in Burnley, has been involved in Guiding since she was seven years old and was a Brownie herself. She has been leader with Revidge Fold Guides at Blackburn for 20 years and District Commissioner for North Blackburn for five years.

Lynda’s groom Andrew Radcliffe, an estate worker in Downham, regularly walks his dog along the river by Waddow, but never imagined he would be having his wedding reception there.

“Waddow Hall is new to weddings, but have been really supportive with the plans and preparations,” the now Mrs Radcliffe explained. “A lot of people commented that it had been the best wedding they had ever been to.”

She added: “People don’t realise that Waddow Hall is available for other functions such as conferences and weddings. The venue really made our wedding an amazing day.”