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United States : Carillion Paradise team ensures dream wedding gift for Birmingham couple.

The Carillion team working on the 500m Paradise development helped ensure a dream wedding gift for a local couple by gifting them a bench from within the demolition site.

Adam Brooke, born and raised in the city, contacted the team in July to enquire about a very specific public bench which had special memories for him and his bride-to-be Stacey.

The couple met through friends 10 years ago and during their first Christmas together were looking for a secluded spot to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve. Spotting an ordinary looking bench in a small gardened area of Chamberlain Square, the pair exchanged gifts and continued to return to the secluded spot year after year.

With the demolition of the Paradise site progressing quickly, and with the wedding only months away, Adam contacted Carillion to enquire about the exact bench that he and Stacey had sat on during that first Christmas together.

Armed with photos supplied by Adam, and a description of the location of the bench, Carillions project manager Nick Reay managed to track it down.

Adam said: This particular bench, probably sat on by thousands of people over the years, is not particularly notable to look at. However, it means a great deal to us both and I couldnt let it be taken away for scrap without at least trying to get my hands on it.

The Paradise team was so helpful with my request, even transporting the bench for me, so they really played their part in making our day so special.

Adam, along with his best man, cleaned and painted the bench in order to restore its original black and silver detailing with the Paradise team supplying a new plaque, commemorating the couples wedding day. They even managed to keep the bench a secret from Stacey until the wedding on the 17 October.

A thrilled Stacey said: When Adam unveiled the bench on our wedding day I was astounded that he had managed to find the exact one, even if it looked much smarter than when we first sat on it. I had assumed that it would have been removed during the demolition work at Paradise, so it was an amazing surprise and made a special day even better.

Nick Reay, Project Manager at Carillion, said: No one on site really thought anything of the bench, as it looks just like any other piece of street furniture, until we got Adams call. It clearly means a lot to Adam and Stacey so it was a pleasure to see it go to people who will really treasure it, and the whole team was just delighted to help out.

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Date:Oct 29, 2016
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