BRIDE-to-be Adele Le Maistre couldn’t believe her eyes when a bright pink Rolls-Royce Ghost turned up at her hotel to take her to her wedding.
Groom Paul Le Maistre had kept the wedding car, which he had rented for the day as part of a £1m fundraising drive for Breast Cancer Care, a secret from her.
She was whisked to the ceremony aboard HMS Warrior in the luxurious car as passers-by stopped and stared.
The car carries the numberplate FAB1, which was the one used by Lady Penelope in the hit TV show Thunderbirds, and is now available to hire to raise cash for the cause.
Adele, 58, said: ‘I had absolutely no idea – I was panicking that I was going to end up in a taxi.
‘When I saw the car, I thought that can’t possibly be for me.
‘It’s beautiful to ride in, it’s so smooth, and all these people were waving at us as we went past.’
Paul’s mother died of breast cancer when he was young and three of the wedding guests are currently going through chemotherapy treatment.
Paul, who turns 60 today, said: ‘I was only five-and-a-half when my mum died and my sister was one – we lived in Canada at the time, so we came back here to live with my grandparents.
‘This is something near and dear to our hearts. I heard about FAB1 through a good friend and he helped us set it all up. It’s been amazing, and I believe we’re the first ones to use it for a wedding.’
The car later took the newlyweds, from Bryher Island in Port Solent to an exclusive New Forest hotel for the first night of their honeymoon.
The FAB1 numberplate is owned by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, and he had been looking for ways to help charity with it. Rolls-Royce agreed to customise one of their cars to replicate Lady Penelope’s vehicle and lend it to the charity for the year.
The year-long initiative began last month, and FAB1 is available a daily basis with every penny raised going to the charity – prices range from £5,000 to £10,000 a day.
Or you can win the FAB1 car for a day and donate £5 to Breast Cancer Care just text FAB to 83222. Text entry to the draw costs 50p, plus your standard network rate. A £5 donation will be deducted unless you choose to opt out.
For more information visit fab1million.co.uk