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Soldier weds fiancee thousands of miles away

  • November 26, 2007

  • Soldier weds fiancee thousands of miles away

    A British soldier serving in Basra has married his fiancee despite the fact that she is thousands of miles away.

    Lance Bombadier Joseph Lomotey, from Ghana, is serving with the Wiltshire-based 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, while his girlfriend, 21-year-old Josephine Aggrey, is in the African country.

    Joseph's fellow soldiers surprised him with the ceremony, which was made possible because Ghanaian law allows couples to be apart on their wedding day if it is "physically impossible" for either to attend.

    While Josephine attended a traditional ceremony in Ghana with Joseph's brother standing in for him and placing the wedding ring on her finger, the groom met a slightly less attractive stand-in for his bride in the shape of a pile of bricks wearing a bikini!

    Nevertheless, Sergeant Andy Hadrick, Joseph's immediate superior, conducted the ceremony "complete with a dog collar and a grin", Sky News reports.

    Joseph said: "I was very surprised and honoured that the lads would do such a thing for me.

    "I fully appreciate the time and effort needed to make this type of thing happen and was glad the troop could share one of the happiest days of my life."

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