A SURPRISE guest brought smiles and tears of laughter to bride Cathryn Dickinson on her big day.
Silver the donkey made a special appearance after being invited to the celebrations by Cathryn’s new husband Mick.
The mischievous mule turned up after Mick wanted to remind his bride – and their guests – of a mishap the couple had while holidaying in the New Forest last year.
Coach driver Mick, 46, explained: “We decided to feed a donkey as we were picnicking in the car at the side of a lake.
“But the donkey then put her head into the car.
“We laughed and eventually got it out of the car. Then, when we had finished Cathryn decided to feed the ducks on the lake with the leftover crusts. “But the donkey saw her get out of the car and must have thought any food was for her and proceeded to chase her round and round the car. After eventually getting back into the car we laughed and laughed.
“When I was working in the New Forest later in the year I joked that I had left an invite to the wedding for the donkey.”
And the surprise went down a storm with 38-year-old secretary Cathryn as they arrived at the George Washington Hotel, in Usworth, for their reception along with 50 guests.
“Cathryn’s face was an absolute picture,” said Mick, of Oxclose, Washington.
Silver’s home is nature attraction Down at the Farm, in Houghton.
Owners Catherine and Will Weightman were able to lend out the donkey for the big day.
Catherine said: “We were delighted to bring Silver the donkey along to the wedding.
“It was an unusual request that we couldn’t say no to and the winter snow made it all the more magical..”
Mick and Cathryn are now off to enjoy a short honeymoon in Scarborough, staying at the same hotel they were at when they got engaged 14 months ago.
They plan to take an extended break in Italy this summer.