A soldier serving in the Helmand province has returned to Brighouse to tie the knot.
Adam Dorrian is preparing to marry Paige MacCallum after serving in Shawqat in Nad-e-Ali for the past three months.
Their wedding will take place at St Martin’s Church in Brighouse from 1pm on Saturday and has been organised mainly by Paige’s mum Julia, because Paige has also just left the Royal Air Force based in Peterborough.
Adam serves in the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and was due to marry Paige who he met while training in the army barracks in Keogh on May 11.
“Everything was planned and then Adam got sent to Afghanistan,” said Paige, “so we had to organise it all for this Saturday.
“So it’s second time lucky. None of them have charged any extra because of the circumstances so that was nice of them.”
But things haven’t been smooth sailing. Adam was due to land in the UK on Thursday but was stranded in Cyprus for 24 hours after problems with his plane.
“I phoned Paige up and explained I was going to be a day late but I would still be home. But waiting 24 hours felt like a week so it was good to get home,” said Adam.
The couple have been together two and a half years and are now expecting their first child, a baby boy, due in December. “We had our scan this weekend and paid to do it privately so he could be here,” said Paige, aged 20.
Adam, originally from Rusholme in Manchester, is in Brighouse until July 2.
“I am just glad he is here and I get to see him. I think on the night before and on the day we might feel nervous,” said Paige, who attended Longroyde Junior School, Rastrick, and Brighouse High School.
“But my grandparents got married at the same church, my mum and dad, and my two brothers and me got christened there and my grandma works there so it’s a special place.”
The couple will then travel to Waterton Park in Wakefield.
Adam’s next visit home will be for the birth of his son.
He said: “Being in Afghanistan is fine. It is not like it was a few years ago. The Afghan’s are taking the lead and we are just supporting them.”