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Villagers rally for bride-to-be

Dan Partridge and Emma Pritchard
Dan Partridge and Emma Pritchard got married with a village's help

School staff and villagers have helped a wedding take place after the bride-to-be thought she would have to cancel it because of money worries.

Teacher Emma Pritchard, 26, faced problems after her partner, Dan Partridge, and her father were made redundant just before Christmas.

But Bryony Baynes, head teacher at Ashton Underhill First School in Evesham, Worcestershire, helped out.

She catered for 150 people and her husband, a vicar, held the service.

Miss Pritchard was married at St Barbara's church.

The children made me cry - I see them everyday but to see them do this was lovely
Emma Pritchard

A choir of children sang as she walked down the aisle and during the service and then after the service, they escorted her to the school for a reception in a marquee in the playground.

Teaching staff and their families provided the catering while another did hair and make-up and another staged the disco. A former trainee teacher did the photographs.

Mrs Baynes said Miss Pritchard had rung her in tears over the Christmas holidays saying the wedding, which was originally meant to be held at a hotel, would have to be put on hold.

"Emma does an awful lot for the children and the school," she said.

"She gives 100 per cent and it seems only right that we give something back to her."

Friends, and people who know Miss Pritchard through her school work, have all pitched in.

'Really appreciated'

"We did not know how big this would turn out to be but also how much fun," Mrs Baynes said.

Afterwards, the bride said the ceremony may not have happened without everyone's help.

"The children made me cry," she said.

"I see them everyday but to see them do this was lovely."

Mr Partridge said everyone had worked hard and he appreciated all the work that had gone into it.

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