A BEST man got the groom to the church on time – but instead of a fancy car he arrived for his big day in the back of a skip.
Joker Deen Kinnersley sprang the surprise on groom David Hann moments before he was due to tie the knot.
The pair rode inside the bright yellow skip from The Woodcutter pub, in Rift House, Hartlepool, to be greeted by cheering guests at All Saints’ Church, at Stranton.
David, 37, said: “I thought I was just getting a taxi or that he might have stretched to a limo.
“When I saw it I thought I was getting in the back of the cab but the driver lowered it down and Deen said ‘you have to get in here’. People went crazy when we got to the church. They had never seen anything like it.”
David’s bride, Caroline Mason, missed the scenes as she arrived at church in a limousine afterwards.
But David, a plasterer from the town centre area, said she fell about laughing when she heard about it and thought it was “hysterical”. Best man Deen, 46, who is David’s brother-in-law, said: “No one knew anything about it. I just did it for a joke. He thought it was funny and everyone was looking at us.”
Wedding guests from the previous ceremony on Saturday also stopped and took photos of the unusual arrival.
But it was not the only prank Deen, who owns a bakery in Wynyard Road, pulled on the day.
When vicar the Rev Andrew Craig asked for the rings he put two round jelly sweets on the Bible.
And he painted the words “help me” on the bottom of David’s shoes, which were revealed to the congregation when he knelt down to pray.
The happy couple tied the knot after a relationship of almost 20 years. They met when they were neighbours.
Caroline, a housewife, has three children from a previous relationship.
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