Despite burglars taking their wedding rings the night before their big day, a defiant couple tied the knot with a pair of blessed sweets.
Dave and Natalie Norris, who run the Roadmender nightclub in the town, were left devastated on Saturday when they woke to discover their home in Milton Street North, Kingsley had been raided.
The couple, who have been together for 19 years, had left a front door open for their son to come in from work.
The burglars took both Dave and Natalie’s wedding rings as well as jewellery belonging to David’s mother, who had passed away in February.
All the items had been left in the kitchen in preparation for their big day on Sunday and the usual intruder deterrents – the couple’s two 40-kilo crossbreed dogs – had been taken into kennels.
Natalie, 39, said: “They were so quiet we didn’t hear a thing. I was absolutely devastated, I was crying all day.
“It was one thing to know someone had been in your house, but the things they took were so personal.”
The couple were left with a race against time to find a pair of new rings for the occasion. But trips to jewellery shops on Saturday proved fruitless.
“We went to the shops thinking we can just get a cheap band each,” Natalie said. “But we had taken so much time to chose those rings and then waited for them to be delivered. They meant something to us, I didn’t just want to get a new one like that.
“So I just said I would rather use those jelly Haribo rings.
“We wanted to make light of it – but we also wanted to show them that they couldn’t ruin our bid day.”
Natalie and David are now appealing to pawn shop owners and secondhand dealers to look out for the stolen rings and jewellery, described below.
A laptop, a Pandora bracelet and Ted Baker and Calvin Klein bags were also take in the raid. Natalie said despite a fire alarm going off, the wedding day went without a major hitch and the couple are now looking forward to their new life together.