A diamond day at the jewellers

LOTS OF CHOICE: Market Cross Jewellers assistant manager Gill Ellison with bride of the year Elizabeth Richardson, fiance Liam Turnbull and their son, Noah. Pictures by Robert Usher Photography

LOTS OF CHOICE: Market Cross Jewellers assistant manager Gill Ellison with bride of the year Elizabeth Richardson, fiance Liam Turnbull and their son, Noah. Pictures by Robert Usher Photography

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IN a matter of weeks, Liam Turnbull will place a ring on the wedding finger of the woman he adores.

And as Elizabeth Richardson says I do, it will mark the culmination of an exciting eight-month journey for our Bride of the Year.

She picks up a £10,000 package of prizes which includes wedding rings worth up to £500 which are being provided by Market Cross Jewellers, in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool.

Assistant manager Gill Ellison said: “It is great to be involved in a competition like this again.

“It gives you such a nice feeling to be able to help out a deserving couple and they seem like very nice people. We are very happy to help.”

Elizabeth and fiance Liam admitted they loved choosing the rings for their biggest day.

And as our bride-to-be admitted: “It’s always easy to pick things from a jewellery shop!

“There was lots to choose from but we both had a good idea of what we wanted.

“I have chosen a white gold ring with a band of diamonds and Liam has chosen a titanium ring.”

They browsed around the shop on another important day for the couple – Liam’s 23rd birthday.

Market Cross employs seven staff and trades in high quality jewellery as well as watches.

Most of its custom – around 95 per cent, says Gill – comes from the Hartlepool area with the rest from Peterlee and the villages.

Wedding goods are in high demand “especially at this time of the year,” said Gill.

Elizabeth’s story struck a chord with readers when we told how the 23-year-old was rushed into hospital last November after developing blood clots following a routine childbirth.

Just days after giving birth to her son, Noah, the Chester Road area mum’s left leg turned completely black.

She was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton where she was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her her right lung, and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.

Doctors told her she could die, especially on the first night when every minute was critical.

She pulled through and said it was largely down to the support shown by the man she loved, her fiance Liam.