Big Yin backs Derry bride challenge

Rachel Bruce, Community Fundraiser, Foyle Hospice pictured on Wednesday night with international star Billy Connolly, to promote the 'Brides Across The Bridge' world record attempt which takes place tomorrow (Saturday), in aid of the well deserving Derry charity. 2704JM01

Rachel Bruce, Community Fundraiser, Foyle Hospice pictured on Wednesday night with international star Billy Connolly, to promote the 'Brides Across The Bridge' world record attempt which takes place tomorrow (Saturday), in aid of the well deserving Derry charity. 2704JM01

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The big day is almost here and even the Big Yin is getting into a charitable frame of mind.

The final call is out for absolutely everybody to come along in a wedding dress tomorrow to take part in Derry’s latest World Record attempt “Brides Across the Bridge in aid of the Foyle Hospice.

And while in Derry this week for sell out shows at the Millennium Forum, Scottish comedy legend Billy Connolly showed his support to this unique charitable endeavour.

Wedding dresses will by now have been taken down from the loft, out from under the bed or down from the top of the wardrobe and are airing in houses around the city.

Other dresses have been begged, borrowed or hired as a host of local ladies (and maybe even one or two men) as the brides move from Guildhall Square across the Peace Bridge into Ebrington before returning to Guildhall.

Married, single, separated or woulda, shoulda, coulda – this is open to everyone - the only prequesite being you register, and show up in a wedding gown, be it a traditional meringue, something slinky in silk, a vibrant wedding Sari or something a little more individual.

Rachel Bruce, Community Fundraiser with the Foyle Hospice said: “ We are absolutely delighted with the response to Brides Across The Bridge. “This has been a very special event to work on as it is in memory of a former patient.

“We have ‘brides’ coming from all over with very different stories – a 91 year old, a bride engaged for 28 years, a bride throwing a full reception and brides currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

“It is fantastic that this has brought so many together for such a fun day out whilst raising money for Foyle Hospice.”

Foyle Hospice would like to advise all participants of the following;

Pre registered brides can arrive no later than 3pm. Registration on the day will take place at the Foyle Hospice Shop, Waterloo Place and run from 2pm – 3:15pm

Can all brides participating use city centre car parks and allow time for journey to event, keeping in mind other events occurring in the city on same day.

Brides taking part are required to wear a headpiece – veil, fascinator, tiara, slide, flowers.

Comfortable footwear is advised. The Guinness World Record will commence at 3:30pm.

Brides please be patient and follow direction from PSNI, stewards and event organisers.

Police in Foyle have advised that this event, along with the Lark in the Park may lead to some traffic disruption in the city.

A police spokesperson said: “The Brides across the Bridge world record breaking attempt in aid of Foyle Hospice will take place in the city centre.

“Everyone taking part will meet at Guildhall Square at 2pm and will make their way to the Peace Bridge for approximately 4pm. Minor traffic delays can be expected at the Expressway Peace Bridge crossing. Your patience is appreciated to facilitate those taking part.”