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Scout show's hitch was a blessing

PUBLISHED: 12:28 10 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010

AN unscripted announcement was put in to a scouts' show when two of the cast announced they had been married just hours before.

Anita Scruby, an assistant district commissioner for the cubs, and Graham Baker, Mendlesham cub leader, were performing in the Stowmarket District Scout Show when they shocked the rest of the cast by announcing they had been married a few hours earlier at the town's registry office.

AN unscripted announcement was put in to a scouts' show when two of the cast announced they had been married just hours before.

Anita Scruby, an assistant district commissioner for the cubs, and Graham Baker, Mendlesham cub leader, were performing in the Stowmarket District Scout Show when they shocked the rest of the cast by announcing they had been married a few hours earlier at the town's registry office.

The Rev Tony Fowler, chaplain for the Stowmarket scout district, then blessed the wedding before the show's finale on Saturday afternoon.

The couple and the rest of the cast had tea in the United Reformed Church and then returned to the Regal Theatre for the evening performance.

Mr Baker, 54, a production supervisor, of Freelands, Mendlesham, said: "It was quite a surprise for everyone and there were some tears. None of the cast knew, only a few key people in the show.

"My wife wanted an unconventional wedding and at the registry office my best man, Brian Palmer, and I dressed as convicts and struggled in with a ball and chain.

"We are known as 'partners in crime' and so decided we should do the convicts' act. We are having the reception in January at Mendlesham Community Centre and the honeymoon in America in September.''

The couple had wanted to be married on stage, but the theatre does not have a licence, so had the blessing there instead.

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