Deeside bride and groom’s burning love

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A young Deeside bride was treated to a different kind of wedding bells when she got a lift to her wedding ceremony -- in a fire engine.

Guests were stunned when blushing bride Emma Gauld rolled up to her wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, in a 1960s silver fire engine.

Her dad, a former fire fighter, had secretly organised the engine for her wedding to husband David on Friday.

Mrs Gauld, 29, said: “It’s a dream come true.

“When I was a little girl I always said I wanted a fire engine to take me to my wedding. “I was so shocked when I saw it, I just burst into tears.

“It was absolutely amazing.

“It’s because my dad was a fire fighter himself.

“So I just adore fire engines.

“I just love them to bits.

“Everyone was surprised. They couldn’t believe it.

“We had a videographer there and he said in his 30 years working he had never seen a fire engine at a wedding.”

Emma’s dad, Alastair Murison, set up the unusual ride more than a year and a half ago.

Alastair was a retained firefighter at Banchory Fire Station for 22 years.

Scottish Fire and Rescue service are currently looking for retained firefighters around Deeside, see their website for more.

Alastair explained: “It’s a silver 1960s Dennis fire engine powered powered by a Rolls Royce 8-cylinder petrol engine.

“I was with Banchory for 22 years. I knew the boy that had this, Dennis Scott.

“He got the Dennis fire engine when it finished its life and it’s the only one of its kind left.

“I went down to see Dennis in Banchory when he stopped to put the ribbons and things on, and I cam back up the road in front of him so he knew where to go.

“I rode all the way down to the wedding in it with Emma, it was absolutely brilliant.”

Emma’s new husband was also in on the secret, having been with his father-in-law when the engine was booked. David, 30, who works for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “I’ve known for a year and a half and had to keep it secret.

“It’s been quite tough because it was a fire engine she wanted and she did ask about it.”

Emma, a mum-of-two, said: “I kept asking what it was and he wouldn’t tell me.”

David, from Huntly, added: “It was really good seeing the fire engine in front of the hotel, people really liked it.

“I’ve got a connection with it too -- the engine served most of its working life in Huntly, which is where I’m from.” The couple now plan to have a few days in Inverness for their honeymoon, leaving Stephanie, 10, and Liam, 14 months, with their grandparents.