Too busy getting wed to watch royals!

Marrying on Royal Wedding Day, Martin Rowlands and Louise Simpson of Castleton
Marrying on Royal Wedding Day, Martin Rowlands and Louise Simpson of Castleton

ONE couple who won’t be glued to their TV screen watching tomorrow’s Royal wedding is Castleton’s Martin Rowlands and Louise Simpson – because they’ll be too busy preparing for their own wedding later that day.

Martin and Louise, who live on Weaving Avenue, are getting married at Castleton Methodist Church on Friday afternoon, after booking their big day months before Prince William even proposed to Kate Middleton.

Marrying on Royal Wedding Day, Martin Rowlands and Louise Simpson of Castleton

Marrying on Royal Wedding Day, Martin Rowlands and Louise Simpson of Castleton

The couple met during a night out in Chesterfield in March last year and got engaged a few months later in August. And this year is doubly special for the couple as they are also expecting their first child together in September.

Louise, 39, said: “When they said it was going to be a spring wedding we said ‘you watch, it’ll be the same day as ours’ and then when it was announced we couldn’t believe it. But it has worked out well because with it being a bank holiday it has helped make it easier for people to be able to come to our wedding.”

Louise joked: “Martin’s just gutted David Beckham is going to the Royal wedding and not to ours.”

Louise will be in the hairdressers preparing for her 3pm ceremony when the Royal couple walk down the aisle. After the ceremony, the couple will enjoy a meal with close family and friends at the Bull’s Head in Castleton before holding an evening reception in Chesterfield on Saturday evening.

Louise, who works in accounts at a Hope Valley firm, and Martin, 34, an HGV driver, will honeymoon in Turkey.

• Buxton couple Josie Swift and her partner Matt Champion are also set to tie the knot on Friday.

Josie, 24, and Matt, 22, of Overdale Avenue, have been together for two and a half years and will be married at St Anne’s Church on Terrace Road at 12.30pm followed by a reception at the Portland Hotel.The couple booked the date after Prince William and Kate Middleton organised their big day, but weren’t aware it was the same day until afterwards.

But things have worked out well: “With it being a bank holiday it meant a lot of people were already off work,” said Josie.