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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Love blossoms at Llangollen Motorcycle Festival

Shrewsbury couple Jim and Amanda Ankers will be special guests at the Llangollen Motorcycle Festival on August 5 and 6 to celebrate their marriage after Jim’s surprise proposal in the middle of LlanBikeFest in 2015.

Amanda explained: “I was in front of the festival stage when I turned around to find Jim on one knee with a ring. We had talked briefly about getting married before, but this was a complete surprise!”

* Jim and Amanda Ankers on their wedding day.
Amanda accepted immediately and the couple were married on Llangollen Railway Station in June last year, with the reception being held on the train to Corwen.

Amanda added: “We missed LlanBikeFest last year because we were on honeymoon in Portugal so we can’t wait to be back this year and relive happy memories.”

It was motorcycles which brought the couple together in the first place.

HGV driver Jim, 57, who rides a Suzuki GSX1400, responded to a post on Facebook from cleaner Amanda, 48, which said she had bought a new helmet but had nobody to ride with.

They started chatting, went on a blind date and hit it off really well, Amanda said.

* Follow LlanBikeFest on Facebook at Llangollen Motorcycle Festival and Twitter at @llanbikefest.

LlanBikeFest is sponsored by Carole Nash Insurance, with day tickets £10 on the gate or online at, and children 15 and under free. Or contact the festival office at 07960 693398, Club stands and exhibitor bookings are free.

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