Bride embraces rubbish wedding idea
A rubbish wedding is every bride's nightmare - but one woman will embrace the waste tomorrow as she travels to her reception in a bin lorry.
Claire Fallon, 43, met her husband-to be Paul Worthy, 38, at Sunderland City Council where they both work as bin lorry drivers.
The pair will hark back to where it all began after they tie the knot and move on to their reception in a decorated £127,000 trash wagon.
Ms Fallon, from Red House, has not told all her wedding guests about the novel mode of transport and is expecting lots of giggles.
"I haven't told very many. I thought I would leave it as a surprise for them, so they'd look more shocked tomorrow.
"I think they'll have a good laugh. I think it'll be quite light-hearted," she said.
The bride-to-be said it was her idea and said she feels that it will bring a personal touch to proceedings.
"Me and Paul both drive bin wagons for a living. That's where we met. So we've got quite a lot of history with regards to the council and bin wagons.
"I just thought it would be quirky, something different, something memorable, that we can look back on and have a bit of a giggle at really," she said.
But Mr Fallon, from Hylton Castle, was not as keen on the idea at first.
"At first, he said 'no'. He was like 'don't be silly, don't be silly, you're being daft - you'd have to get permission and stuff like that'.
"I spoke to one of our managers and he went and seen the top gaffer and he said yes.
"Obviously we'd have to pay for the fuel and pay for the driver - we'd have had to have done that if we hired a car anyway. Everybody pulled together and it's been lovely," Ms Fallon said.
The newly married couple will only be in the bin lorry for a brief period as it is a short journey from the Civic Centre to their reception at the Bonded Warehouse Building.
With many brides choosing the glamour of carriages and vintage cars, Ms Fallon said it is "each to their own", and said she does not care that a bin lorry is not typically traditional.
"I would just say each to their own. It's something we do every day, day in and day out.
"We're doing it more for a memorable thought. It's where we met, it's where we work. If people don't like it, well... it's each to their own really," she said.
Ms Fallon said she has urged the driver of the bin lorry to make sure it is clean, and said she hopes it will sport a ribbon or two to mark the occasion.
"It's a brand new wagon and the lad that's driving it for us he's going to make sure it's all cleaned out and everything. It won't be smelly. It'll be nice and clean. I think it's only been used for a couple of weeks," she said, a dding: "He's been given a few pointers."