Music is the food of love

Bride of the Year Elizabeth Richardson pictured with dj Peter Clark.
Bride of the Year Elizabeth Richardson pictured with dj Peter Clark.

PETER Clark has loved music for as long as he can remember.

The 31-year-old is a full-time DJ and admits: “I love music and always have done. I have been brought up on it.”

He will be providing the disco for the wedding of 23-year-olds Liam and Elizabeth whose Grand Hotel wedding takes place on Friday next week.

Peter, from Billingham, runs Lightning Entertainments North East, and said: “I have an unlimited supply of music and I make sure the equipment I use is always up to date so that my business can remain competitive.”.

From the 1940s to the present day, Peter - who has been a DJ for 15 years - can provide songs from all eras and said: “The tracks that people choose for their wedding can be really varied.

“We had one bride and groom who did breakdancing to a track.”

He has a team of five DJs as well as himself as the business expands and said: “The recession isn’t having an effect. People still need parties.”

As well as the disco, he can also provide face painting and balloon modelling and is delighted to be part of the Bride of the Year package.

“I was shocked when I was asked at first,” he admitted.

“But then I thought ‘that’s cool’ and I said yes. It is a first for me and I am sure it will be interesting.”

Peter has a clientele mostly in the Teesside area but he added: “I have gone as far as York for an appointment.”

Bride-to-be Elizabeth wants to have the Ellie Goulding hit Your Song as her first dance and said: “I have started writing down a songlist from my wedding but both Liam and I like most sorts of music apart from cheesy pop.”

She said music was important for her big day and added: “It is nice to have background music for an occasion like this.”

Our wedding couple were chosen as the winners of this year’s competition when judges were impressed by Liam and Elizabeth’s story of constant love for each other, little romantic touches such as cooking meals together and Liam’s proposal by candlelight.

Then there were more serious matters in life such as Elizabeth’s bravery in battling through a major health scare.

Elizabeth, then 22 and now 23, was rushed into the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton last November after developing blood clots soon after giving birth to her son, Noah.

Her left leg turned completely black and she was found to have four clots on her left lung, two on her right lung, and deep vein thrombosis in her leg.

She came within hours of death but somehow pulled through and paid tribute to Liam who had to look after Noah. Despite various setbacks, Elizabeth is now back to full health.