The former landlady of the Halzephron Inn has married actress Jenny Agutter’s father in a small ceremony on his birthday, seven years to the day that they met.
Angela Thomas, who sold the Gunwalloe pub last March following 20 years there and moved to Ruan Minor, wed Derek Agutter at St Ruan Church on Tuesday last year.
The service, led by the Rev Peter Sharpe, was for family and close friends, with Jenny Agutter performing two readings and Angela’s brother-in-law John Hale-White giving the Bible lesson from Corinthians.
Hymns chosen were Love Divine All Loves Excelling, How Great Thou Art and Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer.
A reception followed in a marquee next to their home, just yards away from the church.
Catering was provided by 17-year-old Harry Deacon, a former staff member of Angela’s at the Halzeprhon Inn who has set up his own company to gain experience for a degree in event management. Harry, who also made the wedding cake, was helped by his grandmother Wendy Elliott and other friends.
Evening entertainment was provided by trio the Gwelhellin Jazzz Hattt, made up of Jonathon Coudrille, David Painter and Dickie Neville, together with songs from the Cadgwith Singers and a few surprise pieces from the cast of the pantomime Aladdin, which Angela directed and produced in the village last month.
Angela thanked the church, Harry and Wendy, and everyone who helped make the day special, adding: “I came to the village a year ago and have had such a wonderful response from everybody. Doing the pantomime made us all very close and this was also a way of recognising that I feel very much a part of this village.”
It was a double celebration, as the day also marked Derek turning 87.
The couple met when he booked a table at the Halzephon Inn to celebrate his 80th birthday.
“That’s when we met and he fell in love with me. We felt very happy with each other. It’s taken seven years to get to this point,” said Angela.