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Couple return to homeland for wedding

PUBLISHED: 23:00 27 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:33 03 March 2010

TROPICAL beaches, clear blue waves lapping on the shore and palm trees providing shelter from the hot West Indian sun spells a dream for many.

But for an Ipswich couple it was extra special, because they returned to the groom's family's homeland of Barbados for the ceremony.

TROPICAL beaches, clear blue waves lapping on the shore and palm trees providing shelter from the hot West Indian sun spells a dream for many.

But for an Ipswich couple it was extra special, because they returned to the groom's family's homeland of Barbados for the ceremony.

Karyn Williams and Albert Grant Jr's wedding day however was especially poignant as they said their vows in the country where his well-known father was born.

"My roots are here," said Albert. "Although I was born in the UK both my parents are Barbadian and my father went on to serve as Mayor of Ipswich."

Albert Grant was founder of the Ipswich Caribbean Association and is still a councillor and active in the community.

He was unable to make the wedding, but was proud that his son had returned to his homeland for the ceremony.

"We were very pleased when he told us, it's just sad we weren't able to go there, but other members of the family were there," he said.

Albert Jr was thrilled by the big day.

"This is my fourth visit in all while Karyn had never been here before but she absolutely loves it.

"The weather, the food and the friendly people have confirmed exactly what I told her before we came and you'll be pleased to hear she's already started talking about making a return visit sometime soon," added the 42-year-old engineer.

Even though Karyn, 41, and Albert's big day on August 23 was marred by intermittent showers, the sounds of steel pan music dispelled the effects of the weather.

The ceremony was performed by Rev Erma Ambrose in the lush grounds of the Crystal Cove Hotel.

And the couple's daughter Tiara, 4, and Albert's children from a previous marriage Leah, 17, and Joshua,14, were among a small group of family and friends who had travelled to the West Indies to watch them exchange their vows.

Weblink: www.barbados.org

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