PROFESSIONAL BMX rider Alistair Whitton has settled down in the States with a woman whose father is a big name in the sport.
Alistair, son of former Chester mayor Dolores Whitton and husband Paul, of Saughall, can pull off spectacular stunts and tricks on two wheels.
But even an extreme sportsman like Alistair can be won over by the love of a good woman and the lucky lady is American Lindsay Ream, 26, whose father Gary is well known to BMX riders the world over.
Ali, 27, met Lindsay five years ago at Woodward Camp near State College, Pennsylvania, which is owned by her father.
He popped the question on a mountain north east of San Francisco and they tied the knot in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. The couple live in Greenville, North Carolina.
Mr and Mrs Whitton were among a 20-strong party from Chester at the ceremony which included Ali’s sister Katie. Mrs Whitton, a Saughall parish councillor and a magistrate, said: “Lindsay is absolutely gorgeous.”
Other guests were best man Owain Clegg and groomsman Neill Evans, both from Chester, and fellow BMX rider Sebastian Keep from Hastings. Ali’s friend and former BMX rider Stephen Murray was unable to attend because he was left severely paralysed after a bike crash last year.
A former Upton High School pupil, Ali travels the globe taking part in competitions and doing TV work. He learned his skills at The Boneyard skate park in Tattenhall.
Mrs Whitton said Ali was “a shining example” to other youngsters about how they can achieve their own personal ambition.
She said: “Ali was dyslexic and had all this boundless energy and found sitting behind a desk at school tedious.
“It’s good to point out to youngsters that if they are determined enough they can make it. Ali was determined all along. When he was little all he wanted to do was become a stuntman.”