‘‘He who dares, wins!’ could certainly apply to would-be Peckham entrepreneur Ian Blight, 34, whose Del Boy experience went down a wow at Uckfield’s recent Civic Centre Wedding Fayre.
Cars turned heads at the fayre with the iconic yellow three-wheeled Robin Reliant van - familiar to fans of Only Fools and Horses - drawing requests for photographs. Driver Ian dressed as Del Boy complete with cigar.
He said: “We can give you an Only Fools and Horses fun day to remember. I wear a sheepskin coat and check cap or I can put on my Batman outfit, with ‘Rodney’ dressed as Robin. There are ‘designer genuine imitation tiger print seat covers,’ a ‘leopardskin’ fur roof lining and quality ‘imported Taiwan imitation sheepskin dashboard with tasteful fur door trims. There’s a suitcase on the roof rack and an essential ‘tax in the post’ notice on the windscreen. We can even provide a blow-up doll.”
Along with Ian’s Reliant Robin there is an ‘A-Team’ van - ‘it’s all authentic’ Ian insists. He’s doing a roaring trade ferrying people to and from weddings, parties, events and dances.
These were shown alongside the more conventional, but equally stunning 1932 Chevrolet sedan, ‘Foxy Lady’ and an elegant Rolls Royce from Paladin cars who also brought along their 1953 Bentley. Ian Blight’s alter ego is as a toastmaster and he and his father, David, also a toastmaster, were among exhibitors at the Fayre.
The Civic Centre promoted their range of rooms and services including in house catering supplied by Luxfords Restaurant. Prospective brides came to find out about catering, music, decorations, florists, entertainers, photography, classic cars, dresses and suits, hair and make-up and toastmaster.
All of the exhibitors were local, independent businesses who offered tailor made wedding services and took the time to discuss individual needs and wishes. They included Fross Wedding collections, Coles Menswear, The Wild Orchid Florist, Linden cakes, Protech Photographic, New Wave hairstylists, Paladin Cars to name but a few.
Civic Centre Manager, Susan Allum, said: ”We had a good attendance of brides who came with their fiancés, mothers or friends and enjoyed having the chance to speak with a variety of local wedding suppliers to find out what they could offer to make their special day.