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Photo: Owl service

20 July 2012

Owl service: a couple found an original way of ensuring that their best man did not misplace their wedding rings - they had them delivered at the last moment by an owl, a staff reporter writes. Robert Edwards and Patricia Patterson hired a barn owl to be their ring-bearer during their marriage at St Alban's, Earsdon, in Whitley Bay. Ms Patterson, a vet, wanted to incorporate her love of wildlife into her wedding, the Vicar, the Revd Andrew France, said. The barn owl, Cybil, hired from Talon Falconry, a company in County Durham that provides birds for special occasions, waited in the church gallery until the rings were needed, then swooped down and delivered them into the hands of the best man. "It was quite majestic," Mr France said.

"It flew down over the heads of guests and was very beautiful. It was all over in seconds." Mr France said that guests, who were not told beforehand about the owl, were left speechless by its arrival

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