Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wedding Is Only the First Challenge; Couple Pay a Loving Tribute to Grandfather

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wedding Is Only the First Challenge; Couple Pay a Loving Tribute to Grandfather

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Byline: Neil McKay

THEY say marriage is hard work. But for these newlyweds it's the honeymoon that is an ordeal.

Darryl and Louise Priestley ruled out a romantic trip to Paris, or a few days lazing on a sun-kissed beach.

Instead they will be donning their hiking boots and trekking up the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. And if that is not enough they will then follow up with an arduous 144 mile three day cycle ride.

Darryl and Louise, nee Byrne, both 34, from The Crescent, Consett, County Durham, are spending their honeymoon rather unconventionally in memory of Darryl's grandfather, Bob Anderson.

Mr Anderson, who was in his 70s and from Stanley, died in Willowburn Hospice at Maiden Law near Lanchester, in March after being diagnosed with cancer.

The couple, who have two daughters, Ella, four, and Faye, one, were married on June 24 in Grasmere in the Lake District.

Louise, a primary school teacher at The Grove School, Consett, said: "We wanted to do something for Willowburn who looked after Bob so well.

"He was a fit and active man who died after a short illness and we were so sorry he missed our wedding.

"We felt as if he was there in presence, and we wanted to do something different for him.

"Because we have two daughters, we didn't want to go on a conventional honeymoon because that would have meant excluding them. So we decided to do something to raise money for Willowburn. We have been promised over pounds 1,000 in sponsorship."

Darryl, a self-employed joiner, added: "We are climbing the three peaks in three days, starting with Snowdon in Wales on Thursday, then Scafell in the Lake District and finally Ben Nevis in Scotland.

"Next month we are going to cycle the coast to coast from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. "Our daughters will ride with us for the first hour - Faye will be strapped on my bike - and also the last hour, so they can be part of what we are doing. …

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