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EAST DEVON: Devon and New Zealand towns of Colyton linked by wedding

Thursday, 15 May 2014

HAPPY COUPLE: East Devon couple Sophie and Hamish Boswell after tying the knot in New Zealand

HAPPY COUPLE: East Devon couple Sophie and Hamish Boswell after tying the knot in New Zealand

AN East Devon bride celebrated her dream wedding and blessing in which Colyton, UK, and Colyton, New Zealand, both played parts. Sophie Boswell (nee Webber) married Hamish Boswell in January in New Zealand, followed recently by a blessing in March in the UK. They come from Colyton and Farway respectively but now live in Seaton, having met in 2005. The travel-happy couple visited New Zealand in 2011, and Sophie said: "We have had several holidays over the years but we had our first holiday to New Zealand in December 2011. What an amazing place to go, absolutely breathtaking. "We had a camper and travelled around. The place I loved the most was Russell - Kororareka is its real Maori name, in the Bay of Islands. "We went down the Coromandel then down to Napier then back up to Russell just before we had to get the camper back." A second trip followed in 2012 and Sophie commented: "We went straight up to Russell. We were up on Flaggstaff Hill, which looks over the Bay of Islands, it has the most beautiful view across the bay. Flaggstaff Hill is steeped in history and there was a battle between the English and the locals back in the late 1890s. You can still see the bullet holes in the pews and outside on the building itself. "Hamish proposed up on Flaggstaff Hill, on December 21st, 2012. The proposal was all very romantic and I was more than happy to accept. I felt incredible to be asked in such a beautiful place. Everything was perfect, it was a lovely sunny day." The happy couple also visited a place called Colyton in the Manawatu region. According to the region's official website, the name Colyton was chosen at a meeting of residents, one of whom came from Devon and wanted to commemorate his home village. The website added: "Colyton in Manawatu once boasted a large hotel, a store, a bakery and a blacksmith shop. Like many other small settlements in New Zealand, the arrival of the motor car spelt the end of Colyton’s retail centre." Sophie explained: "That was in the 1800s. Today there is a primary school, a village hall, church and a gun shooting club. “This year we went back to get married on Flagstaff Hill on January 10th - and the day came together perfectly. The locals love to see weddings and when we pulled up after the wedding we got lots of cheers and clapps." Back in the UK they had their blessing on March 29th in St Andrew's Church, Colyton. The service was taken by the Reverend Hillary Dawson, who read the same poem that was read in New Zealand. A reception was then held in Musbury Village Hill, to which the couple travelled in style by horse carriage, provided by Devon Country Carriages. Sophie continued: "Not only did we have a perfect wedding in New Zealand, but we had a perfect blessing here in Colyton. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the days so special. "I am so lucky to have the best husband that anyone could have, we are looking forward to having lots of happy years together." Sophie works at feather maker Jaffe et Fils Ltd. in Axminster and Hamish has his own landscaping and stone masonry business.

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