Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Robin Hood fan renews wedding vows

Robin Hood fans Debbie Tencza and husband Joe are to renew their wedding vows

A Robin Hood fan is to travel from her home in the USA to Sherwood Forest to renew her wedding vows after overcoming cancer.

Debbie Tencza, 56, will dress in a purple dress bought especially for the ceremony while her husband Joe, 50, will wear a Robin of Sherwood outfit.

It comes after Mrs Tencza, who studied medieval history at university, underwent several operations in 2012 after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

When she was given the all clear, Mrs Tencza and her husband decided to renew their vows to mark their 15th wedding anniversary and travel from their home in New Jersey to Sherwood Forest to do it.

Mrs Tencza, a project manager, said: "I have loved the legend of Robin Hood since I was a young girl. Joe knew of the legend as well before we met but learned more as we spent time together and are both big fans now. I have many books on Robin Hood and love to read about both the legend and the history whenever I get a chance."

The service will take place in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire on August 4, 15 years to the day they first tied the knot.

The pair, who married in 1998 in New Mexico after meeting at the firm where they both worked, have attended Robin Hood events across the USA and have even named their dog Robin of Loxley. Debbie's parents will also travel from Florida to attend the event along with other friends and family members.

Mrs Tencza added: "Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent several surgeries but my wonderful husband Joe was by my side every moment and I am now cancer free in 2013. So this year seems like the perfect time for new beginnings and for our vow renewal as well.

"Sherwood Forest is the perfect place for a fresh start of the rest of our lives." Culture Committee chairman Councillor John Knight, from Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "We are delighted that Debbie and Joe have chosen Sherwood Forest to celebrate such a special occasion. We have a lot of interest every year in the Robin Hood Festival from visitors across the globe because the Legend of Robin Hood has such a huge international profile."

The Robin Hood Festival runs from August 5 to 11.

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