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Friends donate £11,000 to pay for dream day for terminally-ill groom and his devoted bride Surrounded by love at ‘magical’ wedding

More and faster trains to Reading and Paddington FASTER journeys and more frequent train services will be coming West Berkshire’s way in what is the biggest timetable change in more than 40 years. Great Western Railway (GWR) announced that there will be a new timetable serving the Thames Valley from December. On the popular Reading to Newbury route, passengers will benefit from an increase to three trains an hour, journey time improvements of around five minutes and a more consistent service throughout the day, with up to two fast services an hour running through to London Paddington. Those travelling between Reading and Basingstoke will be able to take advan- tage of a third train an hour at peak times, which will add approximately 250 more seats at the busiest times and improve links to Mortimer Station. The timetable is expected to come into effect on December 15 and the plans are subject to final industry approval, including from Network Rail. West Berkshire Council’s executive member for transport and countryside, Richard Somner, welcomed the announcement. He said: “We welcome the new timetable, which builds on the unprece- dented investment made by the rail industry and also the efforts of the coun- cil and the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, who have worked in tandem with GWR to support electrification on the Newbury to Read- ing line, improvements to Newbury and Theale railway stations and the provi- sion of new faster and less-polluting trains. “These new services will provide resi- dents with greater choice and seats, plus shorter travel times to Reading and London, helping to boost our links with these important economic centres and meeting the council’s priorities of devel- oping local infrastructure and support- ing businesses to start, develop and thrive in West Berkshire. “I urge residents to consider taking advantage of these improved services and use the train wherever possible.” n Continued on page 5

Report by SARAH BOSLEY email sarah.bosley@newburynews.co.uk

AROUND 100 friends and family gathered on Monday to watch a terminally-ill Thatcham man marry the love of his life. And the couple now want to thank everyone who donated almost £11,000 to help them realise their dream. In May, the Newbury Weekly News reported how friends had set up a fundraising page to help Kaya Rimple and Aidan Waters get married after the couple received the devastating news that Mr Waters had an incurable brain tumour. And Monday also offered the 26-year- old the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle, as 18-month-old Nova accompanied him as he bravely made his way, unaided, to wait for his wife-to- be to arrive at the ceremony. “It was an amazing day; lovely and really personal,” said Mrs Rimple- Waters, 24. “I just want to say thank you to every- one who helped make this happen. “We are so, so, so thankful to everyone who helped us. “It wouldn’t have been so perfect and magical without every single one of you. “It was more than I could have ever wanted; it was amazing.” For Mrs Rimple-Waters it was an incredibly emotional day. Her seven-year-old son Marley and her grandfather Clyde Rimple gave her away, as her own father has died, but she says he was with her as she walked down the aisle. “I put one of my dad’s dreadlocks in my bouquet,” she said. “It was all really emotional. “Marley was great. He looked amaz-

ing and I was so proud of him. “He even gave a little speech too. “There were so many kids there, which I really loved. “I wanted them to have as much of a good time as we did and really be part of the wedding. “My mum and Aidan both gave a speech and then Aidan’s brother, Ollie, gave the best best man’s speech I have ever heard.” The wedding took place at Ufton Court Kaya Rimple and Aidan Wters at their wedding on Monday

and Mrs Rimple-Waters, who arrived in a Porsche, had six bridesmaids. The couple’s first dance was to Kaya by Bob Marley, a song very close to their hearts. “We had the best day ever and Aidan lasted until 10.30pm,” she said. “He really enjoyed the day and it was really nice to see him able to socialise with his friends again. This is one of his biggest achievements and so he was just running on adrenalin.”

And while Kaya told the Newbury Weekly News all about their big day, her exhausted husband slept upstairs – happy but tired after managing to realise his dream. The newlyweds don’t know what the future holds for them, but for now they are just taking one day at a time and enjoying being a married couple and having some time to concentrate on themselves. n Continued on page 5

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