It was only five months ago that the Shaw & Crompton Metrolink stop opened and after such a successful start, the pair have now gotten hitched!
Only it is not that Shaw & Crompton, but another pairing – Julian Shaw and Jenny Crompton, of Chorlton, who share their names with the Oldham and Rochdale line Metrolink stop.
Julian, 45, and Jenny, 44, tied the knot on Friday 31 May at Manchester Registry Office before heading back to their Chorlton home on the tram with friends and family for a reception at South West Manchester Cricket Club.
The couple, who will now share the surname Shaw-Crompton, initially contacted officials at Metrolink to ask about using a photo of a tram information display board as part of their wedding invitation.
However, after hearing of their unique names, Transport for Greater Manchester offered to add a bit more of a Metrolink flavour to the wedding.
Julian said: “I had always been aware of the Shaw and Crompton railway station due to years of commuting up and down Manchester.
“With the new Metrolink stop opening, last year, I thought a snap of the new station on our wedding invitation would be too good an opportunity to miss.
“I got in touch with Metrolink originally just to see if I could use a photo of the Shaw and Crompton stop image for this purpose.
“However, one thing led to another, and Metrolink generously offered to help us celebrate our marriage considering the uniqueness of our names. “
Five commemorative wedding Metrolink tickets were printed for Jenny and Julian along with their three children, Sam who is 12, Leon aged 7 and Rose who is just fifteen months old.
Jenny added: “Julian and I have been together for five years and with our beautiful Rosie coming into our life last year, we thought now is no better time to tie the knot
“We wanted our wedding day to be a day to remember for the kids too and even put on a magician at our reception afterwards as part of it.
“These special Metrolink tickets made for them, as well as us, will be great mementoes and something we can all look back on in future years.”
A bouquet was also presented to the couple by Edith Rodgers, Head of Customer Services at Metrolink, as they prepared to board at St Peter’s Square with a congratulatory wedding message played on the tannoy at the stop by Metrolink staff.
Edith said: “This was certainly one of the most unique tasks I have carried out during my time at Metrolink and it was an absolute pleasure to present the happy couple with the flowers.
“It was also nice to hear that it was not only their names which led to them wanting to use a tram on their special day, but also their positive experiences of Metrolink in Chorlton.
“The best wishes of everyone from Metrolink go to the former Mr Shaw and Miss Crompton and the new Mr and Mrs Crompton-Shaw along with their three lovely children.”