A ‘TT’ civil marriage ceremony has been held at Ramsey Town Hall, the first since Ramsey Commissioners took over the civil registry service for the north.
Beverley Cartwright and Simon Smith from Shropshire were married in the building’s civil ceremony room overlooking the TT course at Parliament Square during the Sidecar Race 2 event on June 5.
Beverley, a professional counsellor, is the fourth generation of her family to visit the Island for the TT. It was her third visit and the groom’s second.
The bride’s uncle, John Parton, who has been coming to the TT for 47 years, gave her away.
Simon, a commercial vehicle body builder, said: ‘I’d been longing to come over to watch the TT for years and finally made it last year.
‘We’re both mad about bikes and met at a bike rally in England. Ramsey’s a fantastic base for the TT and we always stay at the Ramsey AFC campsite at Ballacloan, so we were delighted that the club’s chairman Malcolm Kelly came to the wedding.
‘The campsite’s a really good place to stay, everyone is so welcoming and the amenities are excellent. In fact everyone in Ramsey we met was so friendly and helpful, especially the staff at Ramsey Town Hall who went out of their way to make sure our day went without a hitch.
‘It was Bev who proposed to me - on Valentine’s Day - and we knew we wanted to have our wedding in Ramsey at the town hall, it’s such an imposing building and, for us, the perfect setting.
‘The registrar, Gemma Kelly, was brilliant right down to arranging for our favourite music track, Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, to be played, and the wedding was perfect.
‘After the ceremony and once the roads had re-opened we fulfilled another ambition, to do a lap of the course as a married couple on my bike.
‘Everyone really pulled out the stops to make our wedding day special. It’s something we’ll never forget.’
The new Mr and Mrs Smith, who stayed in the island for a few days after the TT for their honeymoon, have already booked for TT 2015.
Ramsey Town Hall has the only civil registry room on the TT course.