A bride and groom have proved that the tram offers the ideal alternative to car travel in Nottingham city centre – even on the biggest day of their lives.
Esther Koehring and Paul Sladen were married at the Nottingham Quakers Friends Meeting House on Saturday (June 2) and instead of hiring a car they relied entirely on public transport.
After travelling by community narrowboat from the Canalside Heritage Centre in Beeston to Castle Lock, the couple took the tram from the Nottingham Station to the Trent University tram stop, just a short walk from the Meeting House, where they ‘tied the knot’.
NET employees pulled out all the stops to help them make the most of the big day and waived their fares in return for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the charities the tramway is supporting through 2018.
Originally from Beeston, Paul now lives in Germany with Esther and they both wanted to do something a little bit different on their wedding day.
“Why would we change the way we travel and live on a day that is about us?” said Esther, a 35-year-old University research associate.
“Neither of us have a car or even a driving licence and we were keen to show just how practical, accessible and enjoyable public transport can be,” explained 36-year-old Paul, who works in IT.
“Without relying on cars we enjoyed the experience of travelling together with our guests who will all arrive at the same time.
“We also love the UK’s canal system and have our own narrowboat - painted in 1918 Cadbury livery - and used it on the day, alongside the city council’s community narrowboats, to transport wedding guests into the city centre."
The unusual wedding arrangements also acknowledged another significant Anglo-German relationship. One of the most iconic landmarks on Nottingham’s tramway is the Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge.
“Esther is German and for the past few years we’ve lived in Heidelberg, just a short distance from the city that lends its name to the bridge,” said Paul.
On Saturday, trams ferrying guests were decorated with ribbons, and Trevor Stocker, NET Operations Manager, commented: “When we heard of their plans we were delighted to be able to help.”
Esther added: “We first met on a train in Germany. Thanks to NET, we created more special memories by hopping on a tram with all our friends and family – and in our wedding dress and suit!”