SIMCHAS   14/6/13

Wedding pair bowled over

OWZAT for a Jewish wedding?

Elora Esterkin and Doniel Ormonde enjoyed a marriage ceremony with a difference on Sunday - on the field at the Old Trafford cricket ground.

It is believed to be the first time that a chuppah has been erected on the hallowed turf.

The couple met through Camp Simcha - an organisation that tries to improve quality of life of children suffering from cancer or other life- threatening illnesses.

Archaeology student Elora is the daughter of Sara and Eugene Esterkin, of Hale Barns.

Doniel, who works in the insurance industry, is the son of the son of Michele and Leonard Ormonde, of London.

The authorities at Lancashire County Cricket Club took some persuading before they let the ceremony, which was officiated by Hale Synagogue's Rabbi Joel Portnoy, take place on the turf.

Eugene said: "Up until a week before the wedding they kept saying no to our request.

"Right at the last minute they accepted - and they had a lot of strict conditions.

"There was no way I was giving up on it.

"The weather was beautiful and the setting was ideal."

Also joining in the celebrations were the bride's grandparents Lord Alliance and Alma Alliance and the groom's grandparents Nina Ormonde - who travelled from Israel - and Renee and Leslie Rubin, as well as guests from America, Australia and Monaco.

The bridesmaids were the bride's sister Jade Esterkin, as well as Ruby Knopf, Kaja Davies, Orielle Swaden, Adianne Swaden and the groom's nieces Ahuva Ormonde, Gila Ormonde, Yael Ormonde and Shiri Ormonde.

The couple have settled in London and hope to honeymoon in the Far East.

© 2013 Jewish Telegraph