Get me to the church on time - wedding horse and cart travels through Gadebridge Park to dodge Old Town roadworks

When Cheryl Hardy and Jason Waldron decided to get married at the Old Town’s St Mary’s Church they had a conundrum to solve - how to get to the venue.

With Hemel Hempstead’s High Street shut off to vehicles during roadworks they couldn’t get the wedding carriage - a horse and cart - to the church.

Bride Cheryl Hardy travels through Gadebridge Park on horse and cart to get to her wedding at St Mary's Church.

Bride Cheryl Hardy travels through Gadebridge Park on horse and cart to get to her wedding at St Mary's Church.

But thanks to the help of Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, who suggested travelling through Gadebridge Park, and after gaining permission from officials at Dacorum Borough Council, that’s just what Cheryl, daughter and bridesmaid Ruby, aged seven, and father of the bride Ray did on Friday.

Mother of the groom Jackie Waldron said: “I don’t think many people would have done that before.

“It’s a great honour, to be honest. I just think it is lovely.”

Jason and Cheryl, aged 28, of Adeyfield, have four children, Ross, aged 13, Alfie, 10, Ruby, seven and JJ, aged three.