BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK
Front Page 
World 
UK 
England 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 



The BBC's Sangeeta Mhaiskar
"He was soon working the crowd"
 real 56k

Wednesday, 13 June, 2001, 08:36 GMT 09:36 UK
Clinton drops by for wedding
Bill Clinton
Bill appeared in Justin and Rebecca's wedding video
The father of the bride could not believe his eyes when Bill Clinton interrupted a game of golf by walking off the course and into a wedding reception.

Wearing full golfing attire, the former US President halted a convoy of six golf buggies - each carrying security staff - to wish Justin and Rebecca Garnett good luck and appear in their wedding video.

Mr Clinton made his impromptu appearance at about 1800 BST on Friday, in the grounds of Rudding Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, after giving a speech to business leaders.

Speaking from their honeymoon in Mauritius, Mr and Mrs Garnett, who both work in Leeds, said that Mr Clinton endured some friendly jibes from the other guests about the state of his own marriage.


His security advisers were a little bit nervous to start with - but then decided that we didn't present any danger

Groom, Justin Garnett
"He coped with it very well," Mr Garnett, a chartered surveyor, told BBC News.

"His security advisers were a little bit nervous to start with - but then decided we didn't present any danger."

Mrs Garnett, who works in public relations, added: "All the guests mobbed him."

"The whole thing was a very surreal experience."

Mr Clinton even signed a menu from the reception for the happy couple, wishing them all the best.

Rebecca's father, David Pollock, said his uninvited guest was "an added bonus which was part of a fabulous day".


You wouldn't have ever believed he was once the most powerful man in the world

Father of the bride, David Pollock
Mr Pollock, 59, from Guiseley, West Yorkshire, added: "I can't imagine many other presidents taking the trouble to do what he did.

"He was relaxed and approachable - notwithstanding the amount of security guards stood around him.

"You wouldn't have ever believed he was once the most powerful man in the world. It was just wonderful.

"He added to a fabulous day, a day which was beyond my expectations on all counts - not just Clinton."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

08 Jun 01 | Business
Clinton at Yorkshire convention
24 May 01 | Northern Ireland
NI honours for Clinton
21 May 01 | Americas
Whatever happened to Bill Clinton?
Links to more UK stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more UK stories