Alton Towers Smiler crash victim Vicky Balch goes wedding dress shopping in Manchester ahead of marriage to pizza firm owner

A VICTIM of the Alton Towers Smiler crash was spotted shopping for a dress in Manchester ahead of her wedding yesterday.

Vicky Balch, who was just 21 when she lost her leg in the theme park accident in 2015, got engaged to a pizza business owner last December.



Her fiancee Dino Manciocchi proposed during a romantic weekend away at Mottram Hall in Cheshire.

Now Vicky's been seen wedding dress shopping before she ties the knot with Dino, who is two years older than her.

She was coming out of Fairytale Brides in Whitefield, Manchester yesterday where she said she'd found her dream dress.

Vicky later wrote on Instagram: "So I said YES to the dress today!

"Thank you Fairytale Brides for having us and making this so special!

"Never thought I would be so happy!

"A lot of happy tears and so glad I could spend the day with these!"

Never thought I would be so happy!

The couple live together in Preston and had been dating for a year before Dino proposed.

At the time, Dino said: "She kept me waiting to say ‘yes’ for a few minutes as she couldn’t quite believe it but once she realised I was serious she couldn’t stop crying she was so happy."

Four years ago, Vicky's right leg had to be amputated after the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers crashed.

Fifteen other people were also injured when one of the ride's cars smashed into another that was stationary on the tracks.

Merlin Attractions, which owns Alton Towers, was fined a total of £5million for the accident.

Vicky spoke out last year about her relief at getting a bespoke prosthetic leg fitted that cost £60,000.

She said: "This is the final puzzle piece for me.

"It’s amazing to feel like a sexy feminine woman again."

So.. I said YES to the dress today!!! Thank you @fairytalebridesltd for having us and making this so special! Never thought I would be so happy! A lot of happy tears and so glad I could spend the day with these! @hmoffat_x gutted you weren't at this one but can't wait for you to see it soon! (second pic is my fav after the actual dress! @cmanciocchi love your face)

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