Honeymoon for 17 on jungle isle

Former South Axholme pupil, Chris Hardy, from Westwoodside, married Nancy Julius Siambun at her home town in Sabah, Borneo on November 10.

Former South Axholme pupil, Chris Hardy, from Westwoodside, married Nancy Julius Siambun at her home town in Sabah, Borneo on November 10.

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ISLE bridegroom Chris Hardy married Nancy Julius Siambun by a sunlit ocean, at her home town in Sabah, Borneo.

But straight after their beach nuptials, the newlyweds took 17 family and friends on an unconventional honeymoon - for three days of jungle living on the remote Pulau Tiga - aklso known as Survivor Island.

The romantic wedding was attended by Chris’s parents, Geoff and Sheila Hardy of Westwoodside, and others from the UK, along with friends from Australia, Morocco, China, and Italy. Chris’s sister Suzy Hardy was the only Isle bridesmaid, of five.

Mrs Hardy joined the Pulau Tiga party and said the stay was “basic”. She added: “Monkeys and lizards were everywhere and the animal noise was a bit disconcerting”.

But their huts did have air conditioning and running water.

“So many people travelled a long distance that the three days was planned to make their trip worthwhile,” said Mrs Hardy. One highlight was a mud bath, followed by a wash in the South China sea.

Former Haxey scout and South Axholme pupil Chris, 35, is an area manager for an adventure holiday company, while his wife is a senior lecturer at the University of Malaysia in Sabah. They met four years ago, and will live in Sabah.