A SMALL army of men descended on a store for a very important occasion.
Liam Turnbull was choosing a suit for his wedding day.
So were his dad, father-in-law and other members of his entourage.
“It is getting really close now,” said Liam as he looked forward to his big day.
“I like this,” added the dad-of-one as he surveyed the choices.
Plater, Liam and his future bride, Elizabeth, were chosen as the winners of the Hartlepool Mail Bride of the Year competition run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.
Part of the fantastic £10,000 package of prizes for the Chester Road area couple was suits for the men, courtesy of the BMB suits concession, based in Debenhams’ store, in Newport Road, Middlesbrough.
That means Liam, his dad Michael, future father-in-law Kevin Harris, best man Kiel Begley, ushers Ashley and Jack Turnbull and Billy Richardson, Elizabeth’s brother, are all being kitted out.
The man seeing to their every need at the store is BMB manager Simon Murphy who said: “We do about 25 to 30 weddings a month and most of those are local.
“However, we do get people from other parts of the country who can be fitted out here and suited at other stores. We do a multi-store booking.”
The fitting process usually means three visits to a store for the groom, said Simon.
“We get the initial inquiry.
“Then we get the fitting stage where we will do the measuring and them comes the final visit for the completed suit.”
BMB does Highland kilts as well as suits and Simon said: “The popular choice at the moment seems to be light grey suits but the market changes rapidly.”
The best part of the job, he said, was “when the wedding parties come in after their big day and they show us the photographs.
“People do come back and say thank you. That is really rewarding.”
The Grand Hotel, in Hartlepool, is the venue for the wedding of Liam and Elizabeth who will marry on Friday, September 16.
It will be the culmination of months of planning for the duo.
Elizabeth’s story struck a chord with readers when we told how she was rushed into hospital last November after developing blood clots following a routine childbirth.
Just days after giving birth to her son, Noah, her left leg turned completely black.
She was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where she was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her right lung, and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.
Doctors told the full-time mum she could die. But she pulled through and said it was largely down to the support shown by the man she loved, her fiance Liam.