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We are lucky enough to have a lot of weddings at Eastnor.  They are usually very happy occasions, though making all the arrangements can sometimes be quite demanding as every ceremony and reception is different.  Proposals and engagements are inevitably more private affairs, and if any couples get engaged at Eastnor, we rarely hear about it.

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So it was wonderful to learn of the engagement of Gareth Roberts & Rachel White at the recent Midland Rovers Owners Club rally in the Park.  The MROC have been coming to Eastnor for over 40 years, but this part of the programme was a first.  Gareth persuaded Rachel to drive to part of the park where there is a good view of the Castle and where Land Rover Experience drivers often take a coffee break.  He said they were to collect a piece of equipment left there earlier in the Rally, and when they could not find it, he suggested they should wait there for a while and take in the view. Shortly afterwards, the convoy shown in the image appeared and the answer to his question was “Yes”, although the words read from right to left.  He gave Rachel a conventional engagement ring supplemented by a special ring in the form of a hexagon nut as Rachel is a Land Rover enthusiast too.

It was all recorded on video and can be seen on You Tube.  We wish the couple every happiness, and many more rallies in Eastnor Park.  The MROC should be back for the annual Memorial Trial in memory of my father next autumn.  I wonder if others will follow Gareth’s romantic lead?

Many thanks to gareth and Rachel for agreeing to this blog and to Russ Brown, Clubs Editor, of Land Rover Owner International for the background information!

23rd June 2015