By Helen Le Caplain
A newly married couple surprised guests by performing their first dance to viral hit BABY SHARK.
Loved-up Lisa and Phil Weeks took to the dancefloor and performed the hilarious routine earlier this month which has taken the internet by storm, racking up more than 500,000 views.
The video, which lasts two minutes, was filmed by a wedding guest at West Tower manor house in Aughton, Lancashire, on August 23 and shows the couple enthusiastically miming the actions of each shark.
The quirky track was chosen to keep the traditional dance light-hearted after Phil’s terminally ill dad William Weeks, who urged the pair to wed before he died, tragically passed away a week before the big day.
Fitness instructor Lisa from Knowsley, Liverpool, said: “We had four months to pull off the wedding. We held onto the hope that he would be able to hold on and see us get married.
“The wedding meant everything to William, when we would see him he would be keeping a countdown and say ‘there’s only so many weeks left’.
“It was devastating for us when he passed away the week before as we knew how much he wanted to see us marry.
“It did cross our minds to cancel it but Phil’s mum Carole said to do it for him.
“We hadn’t got a first dance song planned and didn’t want anything too emotional which would upset everyone.
“The song had been in our heads all week as we’d seen it online loads.
“I’d been singing it at work and one of the girls from the gym tagged me in a video with the comment ‘that’s that bloody song you’ve been singing’.
“I rang the DJ up the night before the wedding and asked if we could have it as our first dance.
“He didn’t know what it was and had to Google it. When he realised what it was he said ‘you two are nuts’.”
The video shows the pair, both 45, taking to the dancefloor as family and friends look on holding their camera phones up.
As the Jaws-inspired intro kicks in, the couple break into smiles and start dancing and as the camera pans to the guests they can all be seen joining in.
Mum-of-two Lisa said they didn’t rehearse their dance and all the prep was done while sitting in bed watching the YouTube video of the dance.
Lisa said: “We were sitting in bed a couple of nights before the wedding and Googled it. We saw the moves the kids were doing and said ‘right, we’re doing it’.
“When it came to the first dance I said ‘Phil, are you ready?’ he looked at me as if to say ‘are you messing?’.
“As soon as the track started all the kids knew it and were dancing along too, it was great. It wasn’t meant to be serious, it was done for a laugh.
“Our friends and family appreciated what we were doing as they’d been following everything that had been going on with Phil’s dad on Facebook.
“They all knew what had happened and how devastating it was for us all. Everyone just laughed, that was brilliant.
“I kept it together on the day but during the evening reception I had a good cry. It was a very emotional day but we tried to make it as happy as possible.”
William was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago but earlier this year was told it had spread to his bones. Knowing he didn’t have much time left, the 74 year old urged the couple of 16 years to marry.
Lisa said: “Phil’s dad got cancer six years ago and in the past few months got really ill.
“He said to us ‘you are the only ones who haven’t got married, will you get married?’
“We didn’t marry before because we were happy as we were, but I felt very honoured when William said that.
“He looked at me like I was his own daughter and would call me ‘My Lisa’.
“He was just amazing, so witty, he always had his say and it was his way or the high way. He was a real character, I’ve never met anyone like him.
“He was missed so much one the day, he wanted that day for us and he should have been there but somehow he gave us the strength to get through the day.
“I really do feel as though he’s set it all up and is having a good laugh up there.”
Lisa’s husband store manager Phil Weeks said he agreed to go along with the unusual first dance to keep Lisa happy.
Phil said: “When she suggested it I just said yes. I just do as I’m told, it makes life easier.
“We decided to give it a go and it turned out great. I wasn’t nervous about dancing it in front of everyone I just found it funny.
“I still find it funny how everyone’s been talking about it.”