The first couple in the world to marry at Salford Lads Club
Iconic building will stage couple's big day in May
Joy Ainsley can't wait to tie the knot with her charming man.
There might even be a vicar in a tutu.
For they will be the first couple in the world to marry at Salford Lads Club since it got a licence to stage weddings.
The red-brick Edwardian building has global iconic status after being used for a photo shoot of The Smiths.
The image, by Stephen Wright is now displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
It was used on the inner-sleeve of The Queen Is Dead album from 1986, and later on T-shirts to raise vital funds for the club.
Joy, 45, and the groom, Dean Baylin, 46, are life-long fans of the band and Morrissey. They even take their teenage children to see Mozza in concert.
At Christmas they each intend to have a Salford Lads Club tattoo.
Joy said: "We can't believe that we can now officially get married at Salford Lads Club. We're lifelong Smiths and Morrissey fans and have seen Morrissey 33 times.
"My fiancé Dean, popped the question outside the club last year and we have visited it numerous times, had tours, and been to the club attending other events.
"We've taken so many photos inside and outside the club, and we've recreated the album photo pose outside with friends, that it feels like a second home.
“The wedding itself will be very much in a Smiths-vintage style and our bridesmaids will be wearing Doc Martens with their hair done in victory rolls and guests will receive Smiths and Salford Lads Club themed wedding favours to keep forever.
"We even have a Manchester band playing -The Lottery Winners - who have just been signed by Warner Records by the legendary A&R, Seymour Stein, who also signed The Smiths and has dubbed them as the best thing he's heard since The Smiths!.
“The band who are huge Smiths fans themselves, will play 'There Is A Light That Never Will Go Out at the ceremony, which is also featured on their current lockdown covers album Sounds of Isolation.”
Built in 1903, and opened the next year by Lord Baden-Powell, the building at the corner of Coronation Street and St Ignatius Walk in Ordsall, has been granted a licence to hold weddings, civil partnerships, civil services and vow renewals.
Harrogate couple are first in world to have an official Smiths wedding at iconic Salford Lads Club in Manchester
A Harrogate couple have become officially the first people to book a Smiths wedding at iconic music venue Salford Lads Club in Manchester.