It’s all aboard Seasiders for couple’s bus wedding

Bride and Groom cutting the cake.
Bride and Groom cutting the cake.

A bus crazy bridegroom got his ticket to happiness when he got permission to theme his wedding day with characters from Stagecoach’s Skegness Seasiders.

Mark Hayes chose the theme because he had been a bus enthusiast since his childhood, when he lived in the resort.

He recently married his partner of nine years, Kelly, at St Mary’s Church in Sutton-on-Ashfield, surrounded by some of the characters he holds closest to his heart – Rocky, Sandy and Shelly.

Mark, who met Kelly in 2003, said: “I started liking buses at a very young age.

“I can remember running to the window to see buses going past my house in Skeggy when I was young.”

When the couple started planning their special day, he decided to get in contact with Stagecoach East Midlands to ask whether it could feature some of the Seasiders characters.

The Skegness Seasiders are a family of six character buses which run daily taking people between Ingoldmells and Skegness seafront and are an attraction for visitors to the area

Stagecoach East Midlands were more then happy to oblige, and gave the couple Rocky, Sandy and Shelly for their wedding day.

Michelle Hargreaves, managing director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “Stagecoach would like to congratulate Mark and Kelly on their marriage.”

She added: “When I received Mark’s email about wanting to use the Seasiders in his and Kelly’s wedding, I was thrilled.

“It’s such a great idea and I’m so glad the day went so well.”

Rocky, Sandy and Shelly were not the only bus references on the day, as the tables at the reception were named after the Skegness Seasider characters, and bus goody bags were given to children at the wedding.

Mark said: “I couldn’t think of anything more perfect than having the colourful Seasiders on our wedding tables.

“All the guests loved them and thought they were very unique.”

Mark and Kelly run a Facebook page Stagecoach UK Enthusiasts.

The page can be accessed by visiting