Military couple’s day to remember

A guard of honour from the Light Dragoons for the wedding of Melanie Lath and Christopher Dyke at Taxal church. The groom serves with regiment and the bride is an army nurse, both have served in Iraq and Afghanistan
A guard of honour from the Light Dragoons for the wedding of Melanie Lath and Christopher Dyke at Taxal church. The groom serves with regiment and the bride is an army nurse, both have served in Iraq and Afghanistan

ARMY nurse Melanie Lath had a day to remember on Saturday as she and her new husband were given a guard of honour at their wedding at a High Peak church.

Melanie, from Whaley Bridge, married Light Dragoons corporal Chris Dyke at St James Church, Taxal, and was welcomed to the church, along with her father Jeremy and seven bridesmaids, by a six-man guard of honour from the Light Dragoons.

And after the service, as the new Mr and Mrs Dyke left the church, they were given another guard of honour with the full arch of swords.

During the church service, when the Rev Cheri Pinner asked if there was any reason the couple should not marry, the guard of honour banged their swords noisily on the floor.

Speaking of the day, Melanie’s mum Liz said: “The guard of honour was the icing on the cake, it just brought something very different to the day. We’re very proud parents.”

Melanie, 27, a former pupil at Taxal and Fernilee Primary School, and Chris first met in Canada during separate Army training courses and later, after becoming a couple, both served in Afghanistan at the same time, though miles apart.

After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Old Hall, Buxton, and the couple have enjoyed a short honeymoon. However, they’ve not had long to relax as both Melanie and Chris are set to take part in the Great North run this Sunday. A full honeymoon cruise from Mexico later in the year is being planned.

Chris is originally from Rugeley, Staffordshire, and his regiment The Light Dragoons are due to serve in Afghanistan again next summer.

Melanie, who joined the army after completing her A Levels, and Chris now live in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.