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English couple choose sunny Toowoomba for nuptials

Cumbrian couple (front) Bobby Melton and Sandra Kelly will wed in Toowoomba. Some of their family including (back from left) Mary Falcon and her husband Gordon Falcon, Darren Askew and Chelsea Fisher will attend the wedding.
Cumbrian couple (front) Bobby Melton and Sandra Kelly will wed in Toowoomba. Some of their family including (back from left) Mary Falcon and her husband Gordon Falcon, Darren Askew and Chelsea Fisher will attend the wedding. Dave Noonan

THEY say home is where the heart is and for English couple Bobby Melton and his future wife Sandra Kelly home is currently Toowoomba.

The couple will marry next week in the Garden City in front of friends and family, hundreds of thousands away from their usual home of Workington, Cumbria.

Mr Melton and Ms Kelly chose to marry in Toowoomba after realising most of the extended friends and family were scattered around Australia.

Ms Kelly's daughter Chelsea Fisher and her partner Darren Askew moved to Toowoomba this year to take up work opportunities - Chelsea as a hairdresser and Darren as a boxer.

"Everyone is out here, so we thought why not get married here?" Ms Kelly said.

The bride expects up to 20 guests from around Australia as well as a few English relatives will attend the wedding on January 3.

"It is much more relaxed and laid back here," Ms Kelly said.

"I probably would have been stressing out if I was at home."

The couple will wed at Silver Ridge on Toowoomba's escarpment in a ceremony organised by Ms Kelly's daughter.

"Chelsea has done it all for us," Ms Kelly said.

"I got the dress in England, my daughter got the shoes here, and we just have the flowers to organise."

Organising your mother's wedding is not something that occurs very often.

"It was stressful!" Chelsea said.

The couple's love was reignited on Boxing Day four years ago, after knowing each other as teenagers.

"I walked into the bedroom one day, and he was down on one knee," Ms Kelly said of her future husband.

"I wondered what he was doing."

The wedding will come after the Melton and Kelly families celebrated Christmas at Chelsea and Darren's Middle Ridge home.

The family enjoyed a traditional English Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

The steamy weather in Toowoomba, however, was in start contrast to the freezing conditions in England.

"On the day we left it was minus five," Bobby's sister, Mary Falcon said.

Sandra Kelly and Bobby Melton enjoy the racing at Clifford Park in Toowoomba.
Sandra Kelly and Bobby Melton enjoy the racing at Clifford Park in Toowoomba. Nev Madsen

Topics:  england toowomba weddings



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