A bride from Lakenheath, who dreamed of being a detective as a child, had her perfect wedding day fulfilled thanks to a gift from Suffolk Police.
Stephen Whitehead wrote to Suffolk Police in May saying he would be marrying his fiancee, Deborah, and wanted to make her day by giving her a Suffolk Police pencil.
Deborah had told him about a memorable trip to Suffolk Police headquarters in 1990, aged eight, which came about after she wrote a letter to the force offering her services as a detective.
Deborah said: “Myself and my cousin were picked up in a police car, we were shown the control room, given a tour of the police museum, got to sit on a police motocycle and in a police car and had our fingerprints taken.
“The day was one of the most exciting days of my young life and topped off with a souvenir of a Suffolk Police pencil.
“It was my most prized possession until one day on a school trip I dropped the pencil and it rolled through the boards into the foundations of an Anglo Saxon house - I was devastated.”
Stephen remembered the story and contacted Suffolk Police prior to their wedding day, in July, asking if they could replace the original.
Luckily, Stephen’s request was answered and he was able to present Deborah with the pencil on their wedding day in a long velvet box.
Deborah said: “I was stunned and delighted. I’ve always thought the police are a good bunch who will be there for anyone in their time of need.”
Julie Dennis, community safety assistant at Suffolk Police, said: “We were delighted that we could help Stephen. It’s such a lovely story and we are so pleased that we were able to contribute, albeit in only a small way, to the happy couple having an enjoyable wedding day.”