By David Kessen
BRIDE-to-be Trina Middlebrook has every reason not to be late for her wedding in South Yorkshire tomorrow.
The 32-year-old will have to walk down the aisle in a bin liner if she is more than 30 minutes behind schedule – after Sheffield radio station Hallam FM agreed to pay for the whole event.
Trina and partner Shaun Hill, of Darfield close, Rossington, Doncaster, tie the knot at The Crown Hotel tomorrow afternoon in a civil service after 12 years together. Hallam FM has agreed to foot the bill for their big day… but with a few strings attached.
Trina has been told she will be dropped off “somewhere in the UK” with presenter Michelle Dignan and have to find her way to the wedding in time for the ceremony.
If she is up to 15 minutes late, she will be expected to walk down the aisle to the Hanson song Mmm Bop. Another 15 minutes, and the bride will be toasted with economy lager instead of champagne.
And if she is more than 30 minutes behind schedule, her dream wedding dress gets ditched in favour of a bin liner.
The couple reckon it is worth the risk for a free wedding which they have had just two weeks to plan for.
Trina, an office worker at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and Shaun, who have two children – Jack, nine, and Luke, seven – were runners-up in the competition but declared the winners when the original winning couple pulled out.
Shaun, a 37-year-old joiner, said: “I’m hoping they don’t drop Trina off too far away – I hope it’s on the mainland and I certainly hope it’s not Land’s End!”
Trina added: “I really don’t want to go down the aisle in a bin liner, so I will make sure I’m there in time.”