EastEnders’ wedding

THEIR marriage may not be as controversial as their EastEnders namesakes but Dennis Bowd and Sharon Gleeson s wedding should create a bit of Albert Square drama. The Buckden couple who have been together for four years went through hard times two years a

THEIR marriage may not be as controversial as their EastEnders' namesakes but Dennis Bowd and Sharon Gleeson's wedding should create a bit of Albert Square drama.

The Buckden couple who have been together for four years went through hard times two years ago when Dennis almost died from a brain haemorrhage.

Now they are getting married and for their big day have a banner, once used in an episode of EastEnders, to display at the blessing of their wedding.

Sharon, 38, and Dennis, 53, from Mayfield Road, are to put the banner up in a field between St Ives and Needingworth where they are holding their blessing in front of 350 guests on Saturday September 2, three days after they are married at Ely Register Office.

The banner, which is 25ft long says "Congratulations Sharon and Dennis". It was used in EastEnders in August last year when Sharon Watts wedded her step-brother Dennis Rickman.

It was the mother of the bride, Carol Rixon, who phoned the producers of EastEnders and asked if she could have the banner to use at her daughter's wedding.

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Carol said: "Sharon told me she would love to have the banner that was used in EastEnders at Sharon and Dennis' wedding so I made some phone calls and a few days later it arrived at their house. It's like a fairy-tale ending the fact that Dennis has made a full recovery and we've managed to get this banner."

Dennis, who is a self-employed vintage car mechanic, said: "I had to have an operation as doctors told me a pipe had burst in my head and if I didn't have the operation I would probably die. I've made a full recovery now but I had to go through a seven-hour operation and spent six months in Addenbrooke's Hospital."

Dennis, who told The Hunts Post he hates EastEnders and only watches it because Sharon makes him, said: "The blessing was only supposed to be a small secret gathering but we now have about 350 people attending. I didn't think I knew that many people.

"We have also got a hog roast and a bouncy castle. We wanted to have the blessing in the field as we like to be different and we know this will stick in our minds forever, especially now that we will have a piece of the set of EastEnders at the blessing. I doubt Sharon will ever forget that.

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