Pageant member, Carole Punt, recently got
married in The Gambia to Franklin Odumo, a Nigerian who lives and
works there. We all wish them a happy life together. Carole has sent
us this short note about how they met, and the wedding itself:
"My first trip to The Gambia was in February
2005 with my sister, Dawn. We were staying at the Kombo Beach Hotel
and almost every evening we went to the Senegambia strip for dinner
and a drink, usually ending up at Ali Baba for a dance.
One evening we were eating at The African
Queen and a very handsome waiter, named Franklin cleared our table
and started chatting. He asked to meet me the next day and I told
him we would be on the beach at Kombo. To my surprise he found me on
the beach the next day and the rest as they say is history.....We
met on his night off and some evenings after he had finished work we
would meet in Ali Baba.
At home after the holiday I did not think
that he would make contact, even though we had swapped numbers and
email addresses. One day, a week or so after I was home he phoned me
and since then we have been in touch almost every day, via email,
text or phone. I returned to The Gambia three more times in 2005,
happily loaded with PAGEANT goodies and to meet Franklin.
We attended the Registry office on Tuesday 21
Feb, after getting caught in a two hour traffic jam caused by the
President, to fill out forms and book dates. Then we had
to attend again on Thursday 23 February to swear an oath.....
Carole and Franklin
We were married on 27 February 2006 at Banjul
Registry Office, with Kemo Ceesay as a guest, only sorry that Pippa
and Ian could not extend their holiday to join us!
We had our evening reception at The African
Queen, the place we had first met and our honeymoon was a 6 hour
drive to Jarreng to visit the school and Sherrifu, the boy I
sponsor. The school gave us a fantastic welcome and made it a day to
Kemo and Franklin
Franklin, Sherrifu and Carole at Jarreng
Hopefully Franklin will join me in the UK
soon and The Gambia will remain our special holiday destination."