Shrewsbury couple Jim and Amanda Ankers will be special guests at LlanBikeFest 2017, to celebrate their marriage after Jim’s surprise proposal in the middle of LlanBikeFest in 2015.

Amanda explained: “I was in front of the Festival stage when I turned around to find Jim on one knee with a ring. We had talked briefly about getting married before, but this was a complete surprise!”

Amanda immediately accepted and the couple were married on Llangollen Railway Station in June 2016 – with the reception held on the train to Corwen.

“We missed LlanBikeFest last year because we were on honeymoon in Portugal,” Amanda added. “So we can’t wait to be back this year and relive happy memories.”

And it was motorcycles which brought the couple together in the first place. HGV driver Jim (57), who rides a Suzuki GSX1400, responded to a post on Facebook from cleaner Amanda (48), which said she had bought a new helmet but had nobody to ride with. They started chatting, went on a blind date and “hit it off really well”, Amanda said.

A match made in heaven – well, LlanBikeFest actually.