Happy Grantham mayor to marry his mayoress today

Grantham mayor Ian Stokes and Sarah Wilks are getting married today, August 3.
Grantham mayor Ian Stokes and Sarah Wilks are getting married today, August 3.
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THE Mayor of Grantham will marry today (Friday) at The Angel and Royal Hotel.

Coun Ian Stokes, who met his bride Sarah Wilks 16 months ago, will celebrate the union with his family and close friends.

He said: “We’re very happy. I’m very excited about the big day, I’m hoping I haven’t forgotten anything.”

Romance blossomed between the pair after Coun Stokes attempted to impress Miss Wilks with a chat-up line.

She explained: “He said to me: ‘I’m going to be deputy mayor next time round, will you do me the honour of being my mayoress?’

“How could I refuse an offer like that?”

But it is not the first time the bride has been involved in mayoral duties as her father, John Wilks, was Grantham’s mayor twice and Sarah once acted as his consort.

She said: “I’ve been in this position before. It’s a great privilege and great honour.”

The pair are going to a secret destination for their honeymoon. But they did reveal that they will not be too far away.

The soon-to-be Mrs Stokes said: “Wherever we go we will be flying the flag for Grantham, we’re proud of what we have here.”