Hundreds accept wedding invitation

Chimney sweep Connor Dunn with horse Sam and his carriage of feather and lace
Chimney sweep Connor Dunn with horse Sam and his carriage of feather and lace

HUNDREDS of people turned out for one of the biggest wedding shows of the year.

From a fantastic display of bridal gowns to wedding cars, cakes and catering, everything to make the big day that extra special was on offer at the hugely popular Hartlepool Mail Wedding Exhibition.

The Hartlepool Mail Wedding Exhibition held in the Town Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

The Hartlepool Mail Wedding Exhibition held in the Town Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

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More than 200 people poured through the doors at the free event, to the delight of event organisers.

As well as a whole host of products on display at yesterday’s event at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, stockists in town had chance to showcase their bridal gowns during a catwalk.

Hartlepool Mail media sales consultant James Shaw was one of the models on the day, as featured in the Mail last week - although he did have to brush off an injury scare before taking his place on the catwalk.

The 33-year-old, who lives in the Throston area of Hartlepool, fractured his ankle playing volleyball last week, but managed to get on his feet again in time for yesterday’s event to make his modelling debut.

James, who is in a relationship with mum-of-two Samantha Marshall, 25, said: “It was a great event and I was happy to play a part thanks to some very effective painkillers.

“At the ripe old age of 33 I think it’s about time my talent got noticed, but on a slightly more serious note it was great fun and I hope everyone else enjoyed themselves as much as I did.”

Hartlepool Mail media sales consultant Angie Whitfield, who organised the event, said: “It was really good day.

“There was a brilliant atmosphere and we had a real variety of stalls.

“It was also a chance for local stockists to get their names out there, and chatting to people at the end the feedback was all excellent.”