Colne piper plays at family wedding

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A COLNE bagpiper’s talents are in demand abroad, after he played at a family wedding in Cyprus.

Steve Sumner has performed for a host of important figures, including the Queen, but his latest engagement had a personal touch, as it was the wedding of his stepdaughter.

Burnley couple Nicola Green (25) and Matthew McGlynn (33) jetted off to Cyprus for their wedding, taking 21 guests including their very own piper.

Steve, of Knotts Lane, has had a busy year, playing with the Scotts Guard Association at the Queen’s birthday celebrations, the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, but the wedding topped them all.

His wife Andrea said: “It was a wonderful experience and brought a tear to everyone’s eye when Steve played Nicola and Matthew down the aisle. All the staff at the hotel where the wedding was held stayed behind to watch Steve play, they seemed fascinated by the bagpipes, after all we were a long way from Scotland!”

Steve, a self-employed builder and joiner, has since been approached by travel company Thompson, who have asked to see his bagpiping portfolio.

Andrea said: “Hopefully this will mean a lot more work and I have my fingers crossed it will be in a sunny location like Cyprus.”

The bride, daughter of Andrea Sumner and Philip Green, was given away by her mother and attended to by three bridesmaids.

The Hoseasons administrative assistant wore a wedding dress of ivory silk with a bodice of encrusted diamantes and pearls and carried a bouquet of white lilies and roses.

The bridegroom, son of Anne MacDougal and Martin Patient, works as a driver and warehouse assistant at LED Electricals.

The couple will make their home together in Burnley.