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Show must go on for Warwick Rocks band drummer who got married on same day as festival

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IT IS often said the show must go on.

And one man took that advice literally at the weekend by performing in Warwick Rocks Midsummer Music Festival despite it being his wedding day.

Andy Wheeler married his partner Lesley in Warwick at lunchtime on Sunday (June 21) then the drummer joined fellow Rosetta Fire band members Jimmy, Ant, Emily and Matt on stage at 4pm before heading off to his evening reception.

Speaking about the big day, he said: “When we decided to get married on June 21, it was still uncertain as to whether the Warwick Rocks music festival would be happening.

“So when Jimmy told everyone in Rosetta Fire it had got the thumbs up and we had been asked to play, my initial reaction was how proud I’d be to play in my home town in front of all my family and friends but, and it was a big but, what would Lesley say?”

Fortunately he needn’t have worried as his then wife-to-be was more than happy to share her special day.

She said: “I told him of course he must play. I couldn’t have been more pleased for him to get the opportunity to do the thing he loves most in the whole world and on our wedding day too.

“When he rang Jim to tell him I’d said yes, he didn’t believe it and Jim told him to pass the phone to me to make sure he was telling the truth!”

Last year the Warwick Rocks festival had to be cancelled after a dispute with Warwick District Council over film age ratings.

But residents and businesses have made sure it will be going ahead this year by donating £10,00 for organisers to hold two film and food festivals, the Midsummer Music festival and a chocolate festival.

When it was first held back in 2013, the festival attracted nearly 25,000 visitors to the town.

Visit warwickrocks.org for further information.

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