Dunmow Flitch Trials: Geoff and Caroline Parkes
PUBLISHED: 11:59 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:38 14 July 2016
Copyright © 2016 Celia Bartlett Photography
The final couple of the evening, Geoff and Caroline Parkes, was a surprise to the audience.
Dunmow Flitch Trials Geoff and Caroline Parkes
Couple no.5 arrives in the dock or rather just Dr Parkes, and it is pointed out that to claim for a flitch, he has to be married - he is, he said. But where was his wife? Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
In a twist, Counsel Caroline Bradley reveals that she is in fact Mrs Parkes - the other half of couple no 5, and that they have been married for a year and 14 days. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
Mrs Parkes (aka Counsel Caroline Bradley) joins her husband in the dock and becomes a claimant. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
Counsel for the flitch leads the court room with the 'seal slap' in reference to Dr Parkes involvement with football. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
A triumphant Dr & Mrs Parkes having been deemed worthy of a flitch of bacon. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
Dr and Mrs Parkes are congratulated by the judge, Dave Monk, having successfully been deemed worthy of a flitch of bacon. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
Triumphant flitch couples Mr Mohammed Mizan Sabur and Ms Emma Marcus, and Dr and Mrs Parkes with the court chaplain and the judge as they kneel on the sharp stones following the oath-taking ceremony. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
Triumphant flitch couples Mr Mohammed Mizan Sabur and Ms Emma Marcus, and Dr and Mrs Parkes with the judge on the sharp stones podium following the oath-taking ceremony. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography
Mrs Parkes is actually barrister Caroline Bradley who has appeared in three Flitch Trials and had spoken gravely in defence of the pig earlier in the day.
This time, she stepped out from the lawyer’s bench in wig and gown to raise objections when the last claimant appeared, apparently without a wife. She said she had to declare an interest because, a year ago, she had married him. They met at a dinner party in Derby, where they now live. Dr Parkes is assistant dean at Aston Business School.
He said: “We’ve been married a year and 14 days. We thought it would lend a twist to the day. We are really glad we did it. There was a serious reflection on marriage but some of it was hilarious and being carried in the chair was a hoot.”
Caroline and Geoff were allowed to bring home the bacon which they will give to charity.