MOTORCYCLIST Paul Jones swapped top hat and tails for crash helmet and leathers to get married in true biker style.
Paul arrived to join his bride Alison Barta at Doncaster Register Office with an escort of around 50 motorbikes from the Satan’s Slaves motorcycle enthusiasts group. They were also joined by friends from a group in neighbouring Lincolnshire.
Paul, who is vice president of Satan’s Slaves in South Yorkshire, has been a member of the group for 12 years and was determined to involve them in his big day.
He also invited pals from the Warlocks, based in Lincolnshire, and members of both clubs wore biker gear, complete with their club patches - a sort of club badge.
Paul, aged 50, said: “I’m in a bike club, and they are like family to me, so I wanted them involved in our big day.
“I was wearing my patch as well.
“Alison was wearing a beautiful red wedding dress, and looked great. We never thought of having a white wedding. We got married a week before our 20th anniversary as a couple.
“We’ve been engaged for about 18 years, but we didn’t want to rush into anything. We have certainly made sure we know we’re right for each other!”
Paul, a former Royal Navy submariner and then miner, now works on the overhead cables on the railways, while Alison, 45, manages a fabric shop in Goldthorpe.
The pair live together in Scawsby.
Paul arrived at the wedding on his Harley Davidson, accompanied by his biker pals, but left in a car with Alison, who is not a fan of riding as a pillion passenger.
He said: “Alison likes bikes to look at, rather than to ride on, but she loves the social side of the bikers’ club. She’s been on the back with me a couple of times, but doesn’t really like it.
“But she is happy for me to ride, and she loves the parties we have.”