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One wedding, one dog, two cakes!

Author: John Riches Published: 4th November 2019 10:55

One wedding, one dog, two cakes!The first cake!    

This article is in the latest edition of ABTALK our village newsletter and is reproduced with permission.                                                                                           

The date is the first Saturday in August, the time is early in the morning, the setting is Oxbridge Meadows.  Enter one man, Bunny Hutchings, and his dog.  Bunny has arisen early in order to begin roasting the hog ready for a wedding celebration. 

The marquee has been erected some days before, the tables laid out, the decorations complete.  Bunny sets about his work aware that everything must be perfect for this special day. 

Elsewhere the bride Jessica Townsend and her groom Chris Davies are beginning to make their final preparations for their big day unaware of the drama that is about to unfold.....

The bride Jessica and groom Chris.The bride Jessica and groom Chris.With the hog roasting nicely on the spit, Bunny takes a moment to look around.  Where is his canine companion?  Bunny whistles and calls.  No dog appears.  With rising alarm, Bunny shouts louder. 

Still no dog. 

Now seriously concerned, Bunny pops his head into the marquee and a look of horror crosses his face.  A sheepish doggy face, covered in butter icing and cake crumbs, turns slowly to look at his master – he has found the wedding cake and, boy, does it taste good.

Fortunately no-one was around to hear and record what Bunny said at this point, but we can guess he did not say “Bother”.  Taking a deep breath he phones Katie, Jess’s mum, and breaks the news.  She does not say “Bother” either. 

However, a rescue plan is necessary and what a rescue it was!  In the space of just 3 hours Elise, a friend of our New Inn chef Paul’s wife, became the heroine of the day baking and fully decorating a replica cake, and there it is sitting on its stand when the newly married couple and their guests arrive – blissfully unaware yet of the drama that had been playing out while the wedding service had been taking place.

John RIches

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