Your carriage awaits – for fairytale prom ride

Your carriage awaits – for fairytale prom ride

CARRIAGE AWAITS: Abby Anson, 16, and her uncle, Brian Hopkins, with the selection of carriages. Her chosen 1910 Sociable is on the left. 271437L

CARRIAGE AWAITS: Abby Anson, 16, on her prom night.

CARRIAGE AWAITS: Abby Anson, 16, arriving to her prom.

First published in Local Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MANY young girls dream of pulling up outside their wedding or school prom in a horse-drawn carriage.

That dream became reality for 16-year-old Abby Anson thanks to her vintage vehicle-collecting uncle, Brian Hopkins.

Bewdley teenager Abby had asked Mr Hopkins if he could organise a carriage to take her to her year 11 prom as he has been collecting them for the past three years.

Mr Hopkins laid out a choice of 10 carriages on his front lawn, providing Abby with a wide selection.

Abby said: “My uncle has so many of them, so there would be lots for me to choose from.”

Mr Hopkins has been collecting horse-drawn vehicles, classic cars and steam engines for the past 30 years, so Abby knew he was the right person to ask about arriving at her prom in style.

“Everyone knows about the large collection of carriages my uncle has and my granddad also had great a love for them,” she said. “So arriving at my prom in one meant so much to me.”

Abby, a Bewdley High School student, took a ride in her chosen 1910 Sociable carriage on the way to her prom at Spring Grove House, in West Midland Safari Park.

Abby said: “I did pick a different one at first but as it was closed no-one would have been able to see my dress, so I went for my second favourite, where the hood could come down and, being blue, it also matched my dress."

Mr Hopkins has a large collection of vintage vehicles, steam engines, tractors and Model T Fords from all over the world, some of which he restores and sells on, as well as keeping several his own personal collection.

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11:13am Sun 13 Jul 14

the batshake says...

Wow big news, a privileged girl gets to go to an irrelevant teenage party based on crass American culture that has no bearing or place in British schools. How jolly.
Wow big news, a privileged girl gets to go to an irrelevant teenage party based on crass American culture that has no bearing or place in British schools. How jolly. the batshake
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Sun 13 Jul 14

VikEvans says...

So the reasoning behind your unnecessarily nasty comment is what? That your own life is so miserable you can't possibly let anyone else have a nice moment? I feel nothing but pity for you.
So the reasoning behind your unnecessarily nasty comment is what? That your own life is so miserable you can't possibly let anyone else have a nice moment? I feel nothing but pity for you. VikEvans
  • Score: 3

12:38am Mon 14 Jul 14

stourport2012 says...

That's nice for her and the family but not really news!
That's nice for her and the family but not really news! stourport2012
  • Score: 8

10:30am Mon 14 Jul 14

the batshake says...

VikEvans wrote:
So the reasoning behind your unnecessarily nasty comment is what? That your own life is so miserable you can't possibly let anyone else have a nice moment? I feel nothing but pity for you.
I don't consider my comment nasty at all, yours however is.
[quote][p][bold]VikEvans[/bold] wrote: So the reasoning behind your unnecessarily nasty comment is what? That your own life is so miserable you can't possibly let anyone else have a nice moment? I feel nothing but pity for you.[/p][/quote]I don't consider my comment nasty at all, yours however is. the batshake
  • Score: -3

9:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

brian101 says...

the batshake wrote:
Wow big news, a privileged girl gets to go to an irrelevant teenage party based on crass American culture that has no bearing or place in British schools. How jolly.
get a bloody life,instead of posting stupid negative comments, you must have had a sheltered life if you can t understand why girls want to go to there prom the way they want in style with which ever mode of transport they desire
[quote][p][bold]the batshake[/bold] wrote: Wow big news, a privileged girl gets to go to an irrelevant teenage party based on crass American culture that has no bearing or place in British schools. How jolly.[/p][/quote]get a bloody life,instead of posting stupid negative comments, you must have had a sheltered life if you can t understand why girls want to go to there prom the way they want in style with which ever mode of transport they desire brian101
  • Score: 1

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