A MAGICIAN from the Cotswolds has picked up a glittering wedding award, after hundreds of newlyweds voted for him as the best wedding entertainment.

Richard Parsons, a member of the world-famous Magic Circle, picked up one of 22 awards handed out last month at the South West Wedding Industry Awards.

He will now go forward to represent the region in the national finals held in London this January, after winning the award for best non-musical entertainment.

Corporate and wedding magician Richard said it was a real honour to take home the award.

"On the night I was surrounded by so many talented and creative people working in the wedding industry. We all work so hard to create amazing and memorable weddings that it was a real celebration of local talent," said Richard.

"As a wedding magician it’s a real privilege to share someone’s special day and entertain their guests."

Founder of the Wedding Industry AwardsDamian Bailey said the wedding industry in the South West is packed full of passionate and innovative suppliers.

"The awards really have become the gold standard for wedding excellence in this country," he said. "This our fourth awards and the standard of entrants was higher than ever.

"To even make the shortlist is a huge achievement and then to be crowned regional winner after hundreds and hundreds of couples have voted and our judges have gone through the entries with a fine tooth comb is a feat worthy of notice."

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