Shades of Downton Abbey at nostalgic wedding

Edwardian wedding of Elaine Pidd and Simon Colbeck
Edwardian wedding of Elaine Pidd and Simon Colbeck

A BRIDE who grew up in Hucknall took a step back in time to the Edwardian and Victorian eras for her spectacular themed wedding day.

The Edwardian passage of history is very much in vogue at the moment because of the popularity of the TV drama, ‘Downton Abbey’.

So Diane Pidd (now Colbeck), who was born in Hucknall, decided to combine this with Victorian days for her marriage — to incorporate the passion for steam trains of her new husband, Simon Colbeck.

The periods represent the halcyon days of steam and Simon (41), who is originally from Beeston, has travelled the world in pursuit of his hobby.

Eighty guests were invited to slip into Edwardian and Victorian costume, which made for a spectacular selection of wedding photos — as our display on this page proves.

The bride said: “It was amazing. Everyone really made a big effort and looked incredible.

“The weather was nice, which helped, so I couldn’t have asked for more. We had a great day and everything came together for us.”

The couple were married at Papplewick Pumping Station on the outskirts of the Dispatch district at Ravenshead.

Simon arrived at the ceremony on a steam engine and wore traditional costume, including a tall top hat, perfect for the period.

Elaine, who is a former pupil of National Comprehensive School in Hucknall, wore an eyecatching red dress while the couple’s children, Megan (11) and Alec (five), also wore costume.

A guard of honour made of raised walking sticks greeted the newly-married couple as they left the pumping station.

But the unusual theme didn’t end there.

For the party then moved to Loughborough where the guests boarded a steam train for a sit-down meal.

The couple, who now live in Hertfordshire, hired special Cromwell coaches in blue and gold and had a special plaque made for the front, which read ‘Simon And Elaine’s Wedding Special’.

Elaine is the daughter of Hucknall couple Elaine and Geoffrey Pidd, of Nottingham Road. Geoffrey is well-known as a former taxi-driver in the town.