Wedded bliss the World War II way!

A Codnor man turned up to his wedding on Saturday in a World War II troop carrier as part of a tribute to his late father.

Richard Spencer married Leanne Calder at St James Church, Crosshill, on Saturday, but arrived in a QL Bedford 1942 troop carrier which took part in the Normandy beach landings, flanked by two friends in full army uniform riding vintage 1940s motorbikes as escorts.

And for his stag night Richard and a gang of friends rode up Mount Snowden on mountain bikes - making a DVD of their antics in the process which is being sold to raise funds for Macmillan.

Richard said: “I lost my dad Ralph to cancer in 2005 and we wanted to do something positive like raising awareness and funds. My dad was in Palestine after World War II and we have a picture of him standing in front of exactly the same type of vehicle. My dad’s not going to be there at my wedding, but he will be there in spirit. This is a way of bringing him back for the wedding.”

The troop carrier took the groom’s party from Richard’s mum’s house in Leabrooks and some of the wedding party to the reception which was held at Riddings Community Centre.

As part of a tribute to his dad, Richard, 43, took ten friends up Mount Snowden on mountain bikes, dressed as Snow White and more than seven dwarves. He said: “The weather was fantastic and we spent the night on the summit in storm shelters and rode back down the next morning. Everyone on stag nights normally goes out and gets drunk and can’t remember a thing about it. But we made a DVD!”

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