Ringbearer's Sherston wedding owler
9:23am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in North Wilts news
IT IS USUALLY the bride and groom who are all aflutter with nerves but at a wedding in Sherston on Saturday it was a barn owl called Darcy.
The bird was supposed to swoop over the heads of the congregation and deliver a pair of rings to a handler waiting with the happy couple at the altar of Holy Cross Church.
Instead it headed for the rafters, decided to stay and went to sleep for the next hour.
Luckily the bride and groom, who came from Oxfordshire, had back up rings just in case and the ceremony went ahead. But the owl had to be retrieved later using a long ladder.
Darcy was not the first bird to cause a hitch in the proceedings. Vicar Rev Christopher Bryan had to perform a quick change in the vestry before the ceremony when his crisp clean vestments were hit by a pigeon that had been feasting on blackberries.
“Inevitably the bride arrived while this was going on - usually at weddings it's the bride fiddling with her dress that holds up the service,” he said later.