By Carl Llewellyn

Sunday 6th September was a special day for Sarah Coffi and Sarah Price.

After postponement of their original wedding and reception date due to the deterioration in Sarah Coffi’s health, a decision was made to bring their wedding date forward. When Sarah Coffi was admitted as a patient in Mountain Ash Hospital, her condition became critical. Such was the concern felt by Sarah Price, her love and commitment to her partner became paramount. Making sure their wedding nuptials were catered for, a special 24 hour licence was applied for and granted, and a civil ceremony took place in Mountain Ash Hospital. It was a testing time for both Sarah’s. Soon afterwards it was remarkable that there was stability in Sarah Coffi’s  health and doctors allowed her to return home. She did, however, still have to receive treatment at Velindre Hospital.

With Sarah Coffi’s delicate condition the two Sarahs decided not to cancel their wedding reception and continued with their pre-arranged wedding buffet. The wedding buffet was held in their back garden. Sunday 6th September was sunny and all their family and friends were in attendance. Katherine Thomas, principle Harpist to the Welsh National Opera, entertained the invited guests with a selection of music arranged for harp.

Then came an unexpected surprise, when some of the choristers of Dowlais Male Choir arrived at No2 Castell Morlais, where a small marquee had been  erected in the graden. The choir gathered in the marquee and under the direction of Darya Brill-Williams, musical items sung were ‘Rachie’, ‘Calon Lan’, ‘This is the Moment’, ‘Let It Be Me’, ‘Myfanwy’ and a special treat, when Katherine Thomas accompanied the choir as they sang ‘Hiraeth’.

Both Sarahs are from Hampshire and Sarah Coffi was a Policewoman. They have lived in Pontsticill for about two years and the location was chosen due to both their love of countryside and their passion for walking. They travelled all around the UK in their camper van, particularly around Wales.  The connection between the choir and the two Sarahs was forged through Howard Evans, who like myself is a volunteer driver for Cancer Aid, and  became well acquainted with them both.

The couple were overwhelmed by the sound of a small section of  Dowlais Male Choir, adding an additional ingredient to the entertainment. Musical Director Darya Brill-Williams received pleasing complements from many guests but  Sarah Coffi summed up the importance of the occassion: “Nothing will ever exceed such a wonderful day as today.”

The choir were privileged to attend this special occassion and wish both Sarahs all the very best!

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