Distance drivers in it for the long haul
Lorna and Tom with their wedding party
A Shotts bride has made a unique arrival at her wedding foregoing a traditional wedding car and arriving instead in a 40ft long National Express coach.
Delighted onlookers watched as coach driver Lorna McInally – who drives for Bruce’s coaches based in Salsburgh - gathered her skirts and walked down the steps of one of the company’s iconic white coaches before she wed fellow coach driver Tom Weymss.
The 57 seat coach – driven by colleague Guy Gray – was also able to transport the entire wedding party to the Motherwell registry offices in Windmillhill Street, with room to spare.
To top off what was a very special day for Lorna and Tom, whose friends, family and colleagues all turned out to see them wed, they also had a white coach wedding cake courtesy of National Express.
The path to Lorna and Tom’s union began when they paired up ten years ago and both began working at Bruce’s Coaches, which operates services on behalf of National Express.
Lorna, 45, who lives with Tom, 50, in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, said when she started at Bruce’s she was introduced to everyone as Tom’s girlfriend, and she would point out that she too had a name.
She explained that in practice working together actually works out really well because they don’t end up on the same runs, so they look forward to seeing each other all the more at home.
Lorna drives the 588 National Express service from Glasgow to Inverness while Tom, drives the 336 from Edinburgh to Plymouth.
Company boss John Bruce said the couple’s competitiveness is legendary as the pair both aim to get the gold standard for their driving skills from the Traffilog computer system – which is great for a bit of friendly banter in the office.
The couple got a lovely reaction from their Bruce’s colleagues to getting engaged, Lorna said: “All our colleagues have said congratulations and that we make a great couple. Our regular passengers who know us well are over the moon too.
“We’ve talked about getting married over the years and Tom kept saying we will do it when I turn 50 – he’s not the most romantic of types!
“The wedding was a truly special day for us. We always said we wanted to do it our way and having a National Express coach to bring me to the wedding - driven by our Graham - made it unforgettable. We want to say a big thank you to our colleagues at Bruce’s and National Express.”
Bruce’s Coaches owner John Bruce said: “Lorna and Tom make a lovely couple and the story of how they got together has warmed the hearts of the staff here at Bruce’s. We were only too happy to be able to provide one of our luxurious coaches for the big day so that the bride could arrive at her wedding in style.”
For their honeymoon the pair are planning a history trip to Barrow-In-Furness to learn about the shipbuilding heritage. Lorna will take photos while Tom will make a video of the trip.