MINNIE Mouse, Donald Duck and the Blues Brothers were just some of the guests at an Eastbourne couple’s charity wedding.
Sharon Millar and Colin Batney donned Fred and Wilma Flintstone costumes and tied the knot at the Town Hall.
The couple asked their guests to come in fancy dress too and their colourful wedding raised nearly £2,500 for two charities close to their hearts.
The money was raised for The Bevern Trust, a charity which provides respite care for people with disabilities, because Sharon’s brother Mark has severe learning difficulties.
The second charity was Macmillan Cancer Support as Sharon’s best friend Dionne died from cancer at the age of 39, while the couple were planning their wedding. The death of Dionne hit 40-year-old Sharon hard.
“Suddenly preparations for the wedding seemed so unimportant,” said Sharon. “Then I thought about Dionne – she had lived her life to the full and wouldn’t have wanted me to waste mine moping.”
Sharon and Colin started planning their big day and decided they would say their vows dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone so that Sharon could still wear a white dress.
On the big day, Sharon left her home in Astaire Avenue and arrived at the Town Hall to see Captain Jack Sparrow, Buzz Lightyear Tigger and many more.
Sharon said, “When I saw Colin waiting for me in his orange Fred Flintstone outfit and wig I had to giggle. Dad started chuckling too and by the time we reached the registrar everyone was laughing.”
After the ceremony, the wedding party paraded through town with charity buckets and well-wishers gave generously to their chosen charities.
The guests were also asked to make donations to the charities instead of buying gifts. Local businesses also donated prizes for a raffle which was held at the reception.