Clive Hardy has played hundreds of gigs with his fellow band members in Morris and the Minors.
He’s enjoyed them all, but the upcoming booking at The Irish Centre on August 22 will truly be an evening he will never forget.
For as well as playing the saxophone and harmonica, Clive, 55, of Kirkheaton, is also the bridegroom.
He is marrying Jean Heywood at Kirkheaton Parish Church, followed by a party at the Irish Centre, Fitzwilliam Street, where Morris and the Minors are the live band.
The band’s trombonist, Chris “Chunk” Hirst, is his best man.
The couple have known each other for 15 years and for the last eight, Jean, 55, who works for a paint manufacturing company in Birstall, has been in charge of the band’s lighting
The only problem facing First bus driver Clive is which songs he will be performing and which ones he will be dancing to at the wedding reception. Jean has claimed the traditional first dance and the couple are both eagerly looking forward to their big day.
Jean said: “I might have to drag him off the stage for some dances, or alternatively I will go up on the stage with him - but I definitely won’t be doing the lighting!”
Clive added: “We are looking forward to the whole day, the church is very historic. The evening will be great, I’ll have to play some of the numbers because I play both saxophone and harmonica and nobody else does.”
Morris and the Minors was 18 years ago by Clive’s brother, Maurice. Today the nine-piece band has male and female lead vocals and a larger-than-life brass section. They describe themselves as a “party band,” playing locally as well as all over the UK and have performed with Lulu, Kiki Dee and Tony Blackburn.