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Strongmen sweep bride and groom off their feet

By Michael McHugh

Published 26/08/2016

Groom Brian Newman and bride Yvonne with strongmen Ben Thompson (left) and Richard Bessant outside City Hall yesterday
Groom Brian Newman and bride Yvonne with strongmen Ben Thompson (left) and Richard Bessant outside City Hall yesterday

A bride and groom had an unexpectedly uplifting experience after their wedding at Belfast City Hall.

As the new couple - Brian Newman and his bride Yvonne - stepped out into the grounds for the traditional wedding photographs, two strongmen were waiting to sweep them off their feet.

Ben Thompson from Scotland and Richard Bessant from Wales are competing in the 2016 Ultimate Strongman contest that opened yesterday in front of large crowds at City Hall.

The towers of strength waddled along the "duck walk" outside the venue while clutching 200kg stacks of metal in the most gruelling of races.

Organiser Glenn Ross said: "People's muscles will be on fire for this Rudridge Ultimate Strongman Weekend."

Other challenges included a centuries-old pole push wrestling test and lifting sackloads of weight into vehicles.

The winner of the contest will be crowned tomorrow.

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