Every Picture Tells A Story

As the youngest daughter in a family of five children I was born, raised and educated in Tonbridge, Kent, England. Everyone needs a best friend in their life! My best childhood friend Tina, although thousands of miles separate us, we will always remain inseparable friends.

As a typical country teenager I loved equestrian activities but with a passion for music and many singing lessons with my teacher, Esther Hulbert at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the age of 18, I entered the world of entertainment and was blessed with wonderful opportunities, many tv commercials and an appearance on BBC’s Dr Who with Tom Baker. I traveled the length and breadth of the United Kingdom in Summer Seasons and Pantomimes and Charity Concerts. My nine year singing career culminated in a memorable trip to Canada singing in the Danny La Rue Show at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto. It was at this time that I met my husband-to-be Paul and eleven months later, on Saturday, 17th September 1977, we were married at Caxton Hall, Westminster, London, England.

Emigrating to Canada a few days later, helping Paul to manage our import/export company, the world of swords, knives and military accoutrements added more and more life skills – my middle names almost became Lynn ‘always travelling’ Coates. Emigrating to Australia in the late 80s opened another episode in my life, offering incredible opportunities – the entertainment itch was never far away! Voiceover – 22 years; narration of ‘Lobster Tales’ for which Artemis International won 6 awards; vocalist with the City of Perth Band celebrating Carols By Candlelight(s) at Christmas with Holly Wood as one of Santa’s elves; Foundation Day(s) at the Fremantle Prison; singing ‘Waltzing Matilda’, ‘Up There Cazaly’ and ‘We’re Flying High’ – West Coast Eagles Club Song at half time at the Subiaco Oval in front of a crowd of 40,000 – what a huge privilege!

But musically, what am I most proud of?

My children’s choir “The Rainbow Singers” – 11 girls, one boy aged 6 to 13 – all gifted and willing musicians.

Learning medical and legal terminology enabled me to work as a medico-legal secretary (just a small stretch from the world of swords, knives and military accoutrements!) for the next eighteen years. But life is never all plain sailing! Circumstances beyond my control in 2008 presented me with a predicament – a change of vocation. Carol Astbury of Qualtrain fame came to the rescue. I took training for Marriage and Funeral Celebrancy and was registered in 2009. I have never looked back! Ceremonies and Life Celebrations are my life now – my passion – I live, love and embrace every single moment of celebrancy and have been privileged to officiate many memorable marriage ceremonies for my unique and special couples.

To my future couples, I extend this personal invitation – “….. my home in Cottesloe is open to you both for an obligation free informal ‘meet and greet’ and if you are totally comfortable and happy with my approach, my personality and my ability referenced in my ‘Latest Reviews – Photo Gallery’, I will do my very best to achieve and exceed your expectations with

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