Colin Turkington has created a career in the world of motorsport but had horsepower of another kind play a part in last weekend’s wedding day.
His marriage to long-term partner Louise Robinson officially brought together two of the town’s most respected families.
The ceremony in Tartaraghan Presbyterian Church by the Reverend Philip McKelvey was attended by around 120 family members and close friends, followed by a reception at Titanic Belfast.
A special surprise arranged by father-of-the-bride Noel greeted the newlyweds outside the church.
“Noel had hired a horse and cart to take us home from the church,” said Colin, a British Touring Car Championship driver and 2009 winner. “That was far from the only surprise.
“I couldn’t believe it when I arrived at Titanic Belfast to see my racing car parked outside the building.
“It was a special touch by my friends at West Surrey Racing, many of whom were over for the wedding.
“I have been connected one way or another to WSR since about 2002 so it is like a second family and my dad, Trevor, worked with the guys to transport the car across from England.
“Louise and I started dating in our schooldays and became really serious around 2006.
“I asked her to be my wife about six months ago and Saturday was brilliant, with so many friends and family.”
The couple’s first-born son - five-year-old Lewis - served as best man. Colin’s groomsmen were his brother Gary and Paul Templeton, a childhood friend - with Alister Robinson and James Turkington, the latter another brother, the ushers.
Louise’s bridesmaids were long-term friends Leonara Aigbokhae and Joanne Waterson.