A COUPLE of dyed-in-the-wool rock ‘n’ rollers will tie the knot at a dance at the Spa this weekend.
Neil Frost and Jackie Whitworth, who travel to rock ‘n’ roll events all over the country, got engaged at an Americana weekend in Newark in July last year.
At a rock ‘n’ roll weekender at the Spa over Valentine weekend in February, they asked organiser Stuart Hardy if they could get spliced at August’s dance.
“It’s a lovely venue and has a marriage licence,” says Jackie, who will wear a 1950s full-circle dress with a nested petticoat underneath, all in white, and a 50s quiff.
Neil, by contrast, will be the man in black. He will sport a teddy-boy suit consisting of a black drape jacket with pink lapels, black drainpipe trousers, black winklepickers and a flat-top haircut.
Two bridesmaids will be wearing pink full-circle dresses with petticoats.
The guests will include most of the couple’s six children and three grandchildren, one of whom, a 10-year-old in a teddy-boy suit, will give Jackie away.
A 1950s Consul car, driven by a friend, will take Jackie, the bridesmaids and a grandson from the Esplanade Hotel to the Spa.
Neil, 50, and Jackie, 48, live in Chesterfield and have been into rock ‘n’ roll for 30 years.
As man and wife, they will spend the evening dancing. On the programme are Earl Jackson, described by Stuart as “the closest thing you can get to Chuck Berry”, at 7.30pm; Si Cranstoun, whose song Dynamatic Dynamo is a tribute to Jackie Wilson, at 9.30pm; and Gene Gambler and the Shufflers at 11.30pm. Three DJs, Echoes of the Past, Dave B and Jonathan Ansell, will play in between.
This Little Girl, Black Cat Trio and the Rockolas will play at a dance on Friday, from 7pm to 2am. On Saturday, at 2pm, a band called Fever will perform. The event is at the Spa Ocean Room.