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Rector falls for bride at Stockport wedding

19 September 2014


On the mend: the Revd Roger Scoones 

On the mend: the Revd Roger Scoones 

IT WAS the big moment for the bride and groom as, vows taken, and register signed, they prepared to walk down the aisle for the first time as man and wife.

But, as the priest stood back, he stepped on the bride's train and went head over heels. The actions of the priest, the Rector of Stockport, Cheshire, the Revd Roger Scoones, brought the house down, as many of the congregation did not realise that it was a serious fall. But afterwards Mr Scoones, who is 66, had to spend three hours in Accident and Emergency as nurses put a plaster cast on his right hand and wrist.

"The couple, Jon-Paul and Katie Stoddard, were duly married, and had signed the register," Mr Scoones said. "All that was left was the 'Wedding March' and the procession down the aisle; but, as I moved out of their way, I stepped on the bride's dress and went crashing to the ground - all 14 stone of me.

"At first, the bride and groom thought I had had a heart attack, but I was not unconscious, just shaken. . . I wasn't feeling very comfortable, but then I thought, I must recover myself enough to let this couple go. They went outside, and I think they all had a good laugh at my expense."

One of the guests was a nurse, however, and advised him to go to hospital. The cast has now been removed, but Mr Scoones has to wear a splint for the next month.

Mr Stoddard told the Manchester Evening News: "The Reverend Scoones was making sure everyone was in the right place, when he stood on Katie's train and ended up face down in it. He completely faceplanted, and just lay there for about 30 seconds. . . I pulled him to his feet, and he just carried on as if nothing had happened. He is a real trouper."



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