It all started with a romantic dedication at the beginning of our book ‘Pigs Might Surf’. Towards the end of last year, Rory Donald, artist and book illustrator from Cornwall was asked if he’d like to put a dedication at the front of the book he had illustrated. Rory asked for the following dedication to his then girlfriend Cheryl Lucas to be published:
‘To Cheryl, will you marry me? Rory x’
The books went to print, and with a copy of ‘Pigs Might Surf’ hot off the press, Rory found himself on one knee in the local pub proposing to Cheryl.
Fortunately she said yes for as Rory later said “if she’d said no I would have had to buy every copy of the book to ensure no one saw the proposal!” As a light-hearted good news story, the proposal was featured in the national press and on Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast show where he was coined ‘Romantic Rascal Rory’.
And in a fairytale ending, the Romantic Rascal and his now wife Cheryl, finally tied the knot on Saturday at the very pub where he proposed. In true artistic quirkiness Rory chose to dress up as his favourite Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka, sporting a dapper purple overcoat complete with top hat and compulsory Willy Wonka goggles. Cheryl chose the more traditional white wedding dress but added her own element of quirkiness wearing bright red Converse trainers!
The book that made it all happen has enjoyed a fantastic year on the shelves of bookshops and gift shops around the country. We hope to team up with Rory in the New Year for the follow up . In the meantime we expect another busy Christmas period where Pigs Might Surf should once again be a popular Christmas present or stocking filler.
Big conratulations to Rory & Cheryl, we wish them all the best with their new life together. Go the Romantic Rascal!