Former pupil returns to Rydal Penrhos for wedding ceremony
September 29, 2020

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil returned to his roots for an emotional and special occasion over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Rydal Penrhos was absolutely thrilled to host the wedding of Henry Lee at St John’s Church, who tied the knot with Victoria Dean at the school’s place of worship on Saturday 29 August.

Henry, whose parents took a ship from Hong Kong to Liverpool in the 1960s and were the first to establish takeaway restaurants in several towns across North Wales, was a pupil at the school from the ages of 12 to 18, leaving in 2000.

His sister Lisa also attended the school under Michael James’ headship in those years following the merger of Penrhos College and Rydal School on the present site in 1999, and she was given the honour of reading from the bible during the ceremony.

The bride Victoria hails from Devon and she met her new husband through their shared medical professions. They live in Manchester and have a 15-month-old daughter called Primrose.

Reverend Nick Sissons, Chaplain of Rydal Penrhos, conducted the service and Director of Music Pete Williams played the organ. (An event in itself which was risk assessed by Prep School head Lucy Davies, who is leading the school’s COVID-19 protocols during this unprecedented time).

The couple chose Calon Lan to be played – which is always a big hit with pupils at the school – even though they couldn’t sing it due to restrictions.

The congregation were carefully socially distanced across the church, with reserved and named seats, making sure that nobody was closer than two metres to the central aisle, leaving plenty of room for the bride and her father to walk down it.

Rev’d Sissons, said; “It was a lovely occasion, the confetti flew and the sun made a rare appearance, which was a great blessing after the awful rain of the previous few days.

“I am sure that staff and alumni who remember Henry and Lisa will want to join us in wishing them all the very best for their married life together.”


Rydal Penrhos is now able to offer socially distanced tours to prospective pupils and their families.

For more information email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com, call 01492 530155 or book online at https://rydal.wpengine.com/open-days-visits.