At the wedding of Sara and Chris Drysdale today we saw a very unusual photo opportunity indeed, in the form of a racing car parked outside the venue.
This was no ordinary race car but the 500 BHP Citroen Xsara Rallycross Super Car belonging to 3 times British Rallycross Champion 'Mad Mark'.
You may ask how the car came to be parked outside the function suite, well the car and team are based at Jersey Farm Hotel, in Barnard Castle. But why would a bride and groom want this? Because in their spare time Sara and Chris are fully trained marshals. These are the volunteers at race circuits, who look after the track and safety at events. So Mad Mark was only too pleased to lend them the Citroen, as a grateful admirerer of the volunteer marshals who give up their time so that races can go ahead.
It was poignant that one of Sara's first duties was to tend to Mark when he crashed at Croft Circuit, Near Darlington.
Mark parked the car outside for photos and the racing theme carried on inside the venue, where a racing car cake was on show. Tables were named after race circuits, chequered flags were draped and in the evening a race car simulator was the highlight for guests to set lap times.
Jersey Farm always obliges to cater for any Brides theme, in this case their love of motorsport was very evident.
More details on the car, driver and Jersey Farm Race team can be found at madmark.co.uk
here is a thank you card received showing the car with Sara and Chris