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A Botham Marries On Mustique

Botham_marries_on_MustiqueThe Grenadine Island of Mustique, home to some of the world’s wealthiest celebrities and a getaway for others, last week played host to another high-profile wedding. Sources tell the VINCENTIAN that Liam Botham, son of the former England allrounder Sir Ian Botham, exchanged vows with his partner of just over a year, publisher, Lisa Harrison, on Friday July 27th 2013 on the island.    

The younger Botham and Harrison, who is from Northern Ireland, reportedly visited mainland St. Vincent last Thursday, to organise their marriage Licence at the courthouse in capital Kingstown.

According to the British media, it’s a first marriage for 32-year-old Harrison and the second for Botham, 35, who is 35 and played county cricket for Hampshire, as well as being a professional rugby player.

Among the close group of friends who attended the wedding ceremony was the irrepressible batting great, West Indian Sir Vivian Richards who is a long time close friend and “partner in crime” of Sir Ian. Sir Viv  is also, according to reports, the godfather of Liam.

Both Sir Viv and Sir Ian played for English county Somerset for a number of years in the 1970s and 80s. However they both left the county at the end of the 1986 season after the members voted to sack Richards and Joel Garner whom they accused of “not pulling their weight”. Botham in solidarity with his friends resigned from the club and went on to play with Worcestershire and later Durham.  

On Friday the two greats, now knighted, were able to toast to the future of son and godson and his bride, on one of the most secluded and famous pieces of real estate this side of existence.

Reports say Sir Ian took time off between the second and third test in the current ashes series where he is doing commentaries, to be part of the wedding.

According to sources, the Bothams stayed at a US$50 thousand a week Villa. Media reports say that Mustique has played host to a number of high profiles weddings and honeymoons since it became part of the ‘must visit” destinations on the calendar of the ‘Rich and Famous”.

The latest royal couple, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were among those to have spent their honeymoon there, while Sir Paul McCartney and his bride Nancy Shevell did likewise.

The island has also seen visits from a number of famous sports stars from the NBA, including Tim Duncan, the disgraced pair of sprinter Marion Jones and her shot putter husband at the time, CJ Hunter.

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, the controversial garment mogul Tommy Hilfiger and rock star David Bowie are among ‘famous’ names who own homes on the island.

Source of article:
The Vincentian