A TRUCKER celebrated marrying the catch of his life by holding the wedding reception in a chippy.
More than 30 people packed into the Almighty Cod fish and chip shop in Seaton Carew to mark the marriage of Simon Forster and Clare McCann.
It was cod and chips all round as the couple let their hair down after tying the knot at a register office in Durham City.
And it was not just the party venue that was out of the ordinary, as the wedding car was a bit bigger than usual.
The newly-weds pulled up in Simon’s prized lorry – which he had spent days restoring for the occasion.
The couple’s 16-month-old daughter Lilian was bridesmaid. Simon said: “It has been a fantastic day.
“I was driving the lorry with the ribbons on it and people were blowing their horns.”
Clare added: “I have loved every moment of it.
“We love fish and chips and it’s something a bit different that people will remember.”
The couple met through an internet dating site four-and-a-half years ago.
Clare, 37, lived in Coventry at the time but after falling in love, decided to head north and live with Simon in Sherburn Village, in County Durham.
Simon, 36, said: “She decided to move her entire life up here and that was amazing.
“We actually wanted some fish and chips when she came up and this is the place we came for them.
“We love Hartlepool.
“She really enjoyed them and we said ‘why not do this for the wedding reception?’ We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate.
“Everyone enjoyed it and it put a smile on people’s faces.”
Perry Lane, owner of the Almighty Cod, organised the celebration with the couple through social networking site Facebook.
He said: “This is the first time we’ve held a wedding reception in the restaurant.
“It’s a bit unusual but it’s great and we’re delighted to have played a part in their big day.”
Simon, who works for Lafarge Aggregates, bought the lorry that was originally owned by Hartlepool-based Gary Nelson Tankers as a project.
He added: “I’ve loved trucks since I was knee high to a grasshopper.
“Clare loves the truck and is absolutely over the moon with it.
“I always said it would be a wedding car. It can pull 38 tonnes but it only needed to carry us.
“It looks a million dollars.
“It’s 20-years-old but it was painted and polished to the hilt and is spotless inside and out so Clare could get in with her dress.”