26th Oct, 2016

Saying 'I Do' in the deep blue

Evesham Editorial 11th Dec, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A FORMER Pershore resident said ‘I Do’ in the deep blue when he went to great lengths to give himself and his wife a day to remember by getting married underwater.

Teacher James Abbott married his partner Dorota Bankowska, a professional diver, in her home town of Plock in Poland in October but they wanted to do something extra special in the UK and tied the knot again in a 1.5million litre diving tank.

More than 100 guests watched the unusual scenes from up above as the pair exchanged rings and said their vowels during their ceremony in Great Witley, Scotland.

The tank is normally used for training divers and testing new equipment, such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

The happy couple were joined in the water by bridesmaid Ala Bankowska and best man Charlie Cran-Crombie.

An underwater robot delivered the rings to the bottom of the tank while the Kirby Morgan helmets and technology equipment enabled the words spoken to be played out so the guests could hear.

Mr Abbott, who now teaches at Abberley Hall School in Worcestershire, told the Observer: “It was a truly amazing day and we both loved every second.

“I was worried whether people would see us clearly from up above but later the guests said it was one of the most nicest things they have ever seen.

“The ceremony was better than what we could ever have imagined. It is something that will live with us for the rest of our lives.”

One of the guests who attended was James’ sister Fiona Abbott who owns the Three Little Pigs store in Pershore High Street.

“It was a magical and very romantic day.” she said.

“Nobody had any idea what to expect but it proved to be very special and amusing. It was great to be a part of it.”