Joyce and Robert choose the best way to travel to their Civil Partnership Ceremony – in Trixie!
What a wonderful new beginning for Cycling Without Age rides in York. Trixie’s first official outing since lockdown in March 2020 was with Joyce McKelvey and Robert Jenkinson. They requested a ride to York registry office for their civil partnership ceremony. Joyce and Rob said, “after being together for nearly 40 years, we thought it was safe to take the risk”. They wanted to surprise their three daughters by arriving in the special rickshaw.
Friday 2 July was a glorious sunny morning when volunteer Pedaller, Steve Cinderby, rode Trixie round to pick Joyce and Robert up from home. Cycling Without Age Coordinator, Julie Kay, escorted them on a ride across the city. The entourage rode the ‘pretty way’ to enjoy the beautiful summer day and take in some of the sights along the way.
It was really lovely to be greeted by smiles and waves from passers-by and comments about how it was “the best way to travel”. As Trixie crossed the bridge in Rowntree Park, two white doves stood in Joyce and Robert’s path. We took this as a good omen, as these birds have long associations with love and new beginnings.
As Trixie went over the Millennium Bridge and glided below the trees of New Walk, Robert remarked that it was “almost as exciting as white water rafting in Colorado!”. After a brief photo stop at the Minster, we headed up to the registry office where Joyce and Robert were welcomed with delight by their daughters.
Congratulations to Joyce and Robert!
Joyce and Robert gave us some lovely feedback afterwards:
“We so much enjoyed seeing the compilation, especially the video at the end where we can see two of our girls being surprised. Of course we remember the lovely ride you gave us in detail but having the extra reminder of the things we didn’t necessarily register at the time was a treat. You have looked after us very well and and certainly added to our pleasure on the day, not to mention making a good story!“