Bride’s big day gatecrashed by Olympic Torch

PUBLISHED: 16:26 28 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:35 28 June 2012

Jenny Potter with her fiancé Richard Huby and nine-year-old son Josh.

Jenny Potter with her fiancé Richard Huby and nine-year-old son Josh.


EVERY couple’s wedding day is one they will remember forever – but for one bride-to-be it promises to be a truly unforgettable experience ... when her big day is gatecrashed by the Olympic Torch.

Jenny Potter and fiancé Richard Huby had no idea the flame’s once-in-a-lifetime arrival to Saffron Walden was being finalised behind closed doors when they booked their wedding at Uttlesford District Council’s offices 18 months ago.

But when officers informed them of the torch’s planned route through the town on July 7, Miss Potter’s first thought was of the path of destruction it would leave in its wake.

“All I could think about was the chaos it would cause,” she said. “We chose the date because it was important to us, so there was no way we were going to change it.

“It is the three-year anniversary of my nana’s death and she had always been eager for me and Richard to get married so it is a very poignant milestone for us.”

The 36-year-old, who lives with Richard, 40, and her nine-year-old son Josh in Royston, said it would be the perfect preview to the couple’s trip to London for the Games – they were lucky enough to get tickets for the boxing and hockey events.

A special viewing area will be set up for the newlyweds and their guests outside the council’s offices on London Road – providing the perfect backdrop for their wedding photo – and Miss Potter was keen to thank the council for the hard work that had gone into organising the couple’s moment in the spotlight.

She said: “It is very exciting and will certainly be a memorable day. We have 86 guests coming and they can’t wait to see the torch up close and personal.

“Seeing the Olympic Flame is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a fantastic way for me and Richard to begin our married life. It will also be lovely for Josh to get such a great view of the torch and he is really excited for the day to arrive.”

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