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Two fans of the hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders turned their love of the show into what turned out to be a showstopper of a wedding.

Paul Cook and Janine Polley had their Peaky Blinders wedding on October 9 at St Mary's Church in Linton, a few miles over the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border, where they both live.

The couple pulled out all the stops to come up with two Romany Gypsy-style wagons, clothing in the fashion of the 1920s/30s (the period in which the drama is set) and even put gin on everyone's table when the reception was held at Linton Village College.

Paul Cook, front right, next to best man Glenn Foxwell and their fellow 'Peaky Blinders'. Picture by David Donnan
Paul Cook, front right, next to best man Glenn Foxwell and their fellow 'Peaky Blinders'. Picture by David Donnan

Janine, 43, and Paul, 47, have a seven-month-old daughter, Jovie, and six children collectively from previous marriages.

All of their older children, Jayde, Lottie, Lily-Mae, Hunter, Taylor and Levi, best man Glenn Foxwell, granddaughter Saphira, grandson Dodge were there.

Janine's brother Tristam Nunn, who gave her away, and even the vicar, Rev Michael Wilcockson, also dressed in character.

Paul and Janine Cook leaving the church. Picture by Sam Prior
Paul and Janine Cook leaving the church. Picture by Sam Prior
Janine Cook just before entering St Mary's Church in Linton. Picture by David Donnan
Janine Cook just before entering St Mary's Church in Linton. Picture by David Donnan
Paul Cook and Rev Michael Wilcockson, who conducted the wedding ceremony. Picture by Sam Prior
Paul Cook and Rev Michael Wilcockson, who conducted the wedding ceremony. Picture by Sam Prior
Hunter Polley, 14, one of the ushers at the wedding and the two Romany wagons used on the day. Picture by Sam Prior
Hunter Polley, 14, one of the ushers at the wedding and the two Romany wagons used on the day. Picture by Sam Prior

Paul, known more commonly as Cookie and well known through his ownership of MR. Barbers in Haverhill for the past 21 years, had to travel to Grantham, just to get the right suit.

Janine, who said she was helped by so many people in Linton with the wedding preparations because it has always been her home, said: "People really got involved and I think that's what made it so special, that so many people made the effort to dress up.

"People were lining the High Street and came out to watch it. It felt like we were famous."

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