REGULARS SIGN UP FOR SLICE OF WEDDING FAKE; Pub stages mock ceremony and reception to raise money for charIty.Byline: Helen Thomas
THE bride will wear white, the bridesmaids will smile and the champagne will flow.
There will be a first dance, an embarrassing speech from the best man and possibly even a first kiss between the bride and groom.
But that's as far it will go for the couple who "wed" at a marriage taking place at a Coventry pub on Saturday.
The Old Crown, in Aldermans Green, is hosting a mock wedding to raise money for Zoe's Place Hospice hospice, program of humane and supportive care for the terminally ill and their families; the term also applies to a professional facility that provides care to dying patients who can no longer be cared for at home. .
About 60 people have already signed up to take part with the main characters in the performance getting their chance to shine after having their names pulled out of a hat.
Michelle McKirdy, whose dad Brendan runs the pub in Lentons Lane, said the idea for the event came after a discussion one night with some of the regulars.
"The idea was to do something different to raise money for Zoe's Hospice.
"Some of the people will get to play the main parts and everyone else will be guests. We've got nametags for people, things like 'Sharon - second cousin second cousin
1. A child of a first cousin of one's parent.
2. A child of one's first cousin; a first cousin once removed. removed', so everyone can get into character," she said.
"Tickets are pounds 10 which includes a buffet and disco disco
Style of dance music that arose in the mid-1970s, characterized by hypnotic rhythm, repetitive lyrics, and electronically produced sounds. Disco (short for discotheque) evolved largely from New York City underground nightclubs, in which disc jockeys would play dance as well as the ceremony.
"We've got the vows written and the speeches, which won't be seen until it's time to read them out. We've also got hymns to sing and some other surprises.
"Everyone's been really positive about it, no one asked 'why?' when they heard about it, they just thought it would be fun to get involved."
Pub customer Byron Thomas has entered into the spirit of things and will be playing the vicar at the ceremony.
He said: "A few of us started chatting and Danny, one of the regulars, came up with the idea. We all loved it and I said I'd be the vicar.
"It's just a bit of fun and a chance to raise money for the charity. We've kept it quite straightforward because we could have got really carried away."
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Craig Smith (born November 10, 1983 in Inglewood, California) is an American professional basketball player. After playing for Boston College from 2002-2006, he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2006 NBA Draft. regularly puts on community events at the pub and has been supporting Zoe's Place Hospice for two years.
"We held a talent competition a couple of years ago and got in touch with Bob Brolly, from BBC BBC
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Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. Coventry and Warwickshire, who was going to play the winner's song.
"He suggested supporting Zoe's Place as it is such a good cause.
"We could support one of the bigger, national charities but by supporting something local it is closer to people's hearts."
The mock ceremony starts at 4pm on Saturday. Tickets are available from the pub. Everyone will be able to join in with the main parts being pulled from a hat.