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Why were there Pokemon characters walking around King's Lynn on Thursday evening?




It was not your average wedding-day celebrations as various characters from a Japanese animation series descended on King's Lynn’s Town Hall.

The idea was thought up due to the bride’s fanatical obsession with Pokemon, going back to her younger days.

One guest at the wedding light-heartedly said the new husband “puts up with it” despite not being interested in Pokemon himself.

Sharon, 48, and Steve Griffin, 57, of Walpole St Peter, tied the knot on Thursday evening at the Town Hall before moving on to the Rathskeller for the after-party, complete with fancy dress.

The idea was thought up by Steve’s sister-in-law Jo Mills, who was unable to attend the wedding.

The photographer has got to catch them all
The photographer has got to catch them all

She said: “Sharon was going around town finding the Pokemon Go virtual characters and her nephews and nieces are into it as well. She is really quirky.”

Dressed in a Pikachu wedding-dress, the main character in Pokemon, Mrs Griffin told the Lynn News of her obsession.

“My nephews asked me when I was younger if I wanted to go Pokemoning. They grew up and I did not!”, she said.

Pokemon themed wedding at Kings Lynn Town Hall. (10494065)
Pokemon themed wedding at Kings Lynn Town Hall. (10494065)

“My husband hates it. Anything we do I have to stop and do it so it takes us twice as long to do anything which drives him mad!

“I am very lucky as he is an amazing man and lets me do what I want.”

After finding out about the Pokemon idea, Mrs Griffin ordered her costume and other Pokemon-themed accessories online from China.

Her son was dressed in a full Squirtle outfit, a water species Pokemon character.

The idea reflected Sharon's love of Pokemon
The idea reflected Sharon's love of Pokemon

Mrs Griffin continued: “I am really pleased with everyone getting involved with it.

“My Dad will probably have his [Pokemon] hat on his head for ages and not realise!”

.Steven Griffin and Sharon Stockdale
.Steven Griffin and Sharon Stockdale

The fancy-dress idea may become a family novelty with Mrs Griffin’s nephew already expressing a desire for a Disney-themed wedding in the future.

Mr Griffin, dressed as Pokemon protagonist Ash Ketchum said: “She [Sharon] is crackers about it and all the kids joined in so I thought I better do as well.

“Originally I was just going to come in a black suit. I still do not know now what Pokemon is about to be honest.”

Pokemon themed wedding at King's Lynn Town Hall
Pokemon themed wedding at King's Lynn Town Hall

Mrs Griffin also said she was excited about the release of the new ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ film this month.

From left to right Sam Stockdale, Steve Griffin and Jamie Griffin
From left to right Sam Stockdale, Steve Griffin and Jamie Griffin
Pokemon themed wedding at King's Lynn Town Hall
Pokemon themed wedding at King's Lynn Town Hall
Pokemon are Go
Pokemon are Go


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