THE bride intervened when a man attacked another guest at her wedding.

Blackburn magistrates heard Peter Whittaker punched his victim to the ground and then kicked him in the head and stamped on his ankle before the bride put herself between them.

And the court was told that neither man could remember the incident because of the amount they had to drink.

Whittaker, 38, of Fern Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, pleaded guilty to assaulting Alan Herbert.

He was made subject to a community order for six months with 10 days rehabilitation activity requirement, fined £100 and ordered to pay £75 compensation, £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said the victim had met Whittaker for the first time at the stag do the week before.

Mr Herbert said the attack at the wedding reception at Green Haworth golf club, came out of the blue and he hadn't spoken to the other man during the night.

But a member of the bar staff said the two men had been talking for about 20 minutes before Whittaker threw a punch.

Mr Herbert was knocked to the floor at which point the bride ran over.

The witness said Whittaker kicked the other man in the head and then stamped on his ankle before the bride got between them and another male guest pulled Whittaker away.

Peter King, defending, said both men had drunk a significant amount of alcohol and neither could remember much of the incident.

"Neither of them were aware that it was a sustained assault and neither could remember there had been a kick," said Mr King.

"My client was horrified when he was told what had happened."