Marlborough beautician invites wrong mayor to salon

A Wiltshire beautician wanted to ask her local mayor to open her new salon - but invited one from 12,000 miles away in New Zealand by mistake.

Lisa Foster, owner of Zoria Beauty in Marlborough, mistakenly asked the mayor of Marlborough in New Zealand to be guest of honour at the opening.

Mayor Alistair Sowman said he realised the error after noticing the "phone number looked a bit strange".

Ms Foster said: "I had no idea there was a Marlborough in New Zealand."

The email, sent by Ms Foster, was an invitation for Mr Sowman and his wife to attend the official opening of Zoria Beauty on 8 October.

She said: "I went on to Google and did a search and emailed him.

"I didn't realise there were so many Marlboroughs - anyway he emailed back to say he'd love to come but it would be quite a long journey.

"I was so embarrassed - I didn't tell my partner for a couple of days."

'Lovely invite'

The invitation had been intended for Mr Sowman's Wiltshire counterpart, Marlborough Town Council's Alexander Kirk Wilson.

Realising the mistake, Mr Sowman emailed Ms Foster to say he was grateful for the invitation but was "not sure I can make it on the 8th".

"But what a lovely invite - and if I'm ever in that part of the world I'd like to take your offer [to visit] up," he said.

Ms Foster said she would not now be inviting the local mayor - because she thought she had "left it a bit late".

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