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  • Paula Williamson arrived for wedding to Charles Bronson hidden by a blanket 
  • Soap actress is marrying notorious prisoner at HMP Wakefield this afternoon
  • She arrived at the venue in a silver Mercedes Benz after staying at local hotel 
  • The 37-year-old said she will go on honeymoon alone to Malta afterwards  

By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline

Published: 05:57 EST, 14 November 2017 | Updated: 10:08 EST, 14 November 2017

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A soap actress set to wed Britain's most notorious prisoner has arrived at his jail today hidden under a blanket.

Paula Williamson was smuggled into HMP Wakefield under the purple covering by family and friends before marrying Charles Bronson. 

She was bundled into the back of a silver-blue Mercedes and driven over to the prison by official Charles Bronson lookalike, Timothy Crowley, for her wedding ceremony. 

A mobility scooter driven by a woman dressed in a cream, pinstripe suit, led the wedding car procession. 

Just five people will get to witness Bronson saying 'I do' in a behind closed doors ceremony at the West Yorks prison which began at 2pm.

Guests have been arriving at the prison while a black Saab convertible car with the words 'free Charles Bronson' emblazoned on the side is parked outside.

A second car, a silver-blue Mercedes with the words 'Just Married' in individual letters strung to its rear, is also outside the jail after taking the bride to the 'venue'.

Meanwhile the convict has had a 'heartfelt plea' to others written on a sign to warn them against making the same mistakes he did.

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Paula Williamson has been pictured being taken into HMP Wakefield for her wedding to Charles Bronson hidden under a blanket
Paula Williamson has been pictured being taken into HMP Wakefield for her wedding to Charles Bronson hidden under a blanket

Paula Williamson has been pictured being taken into HMP Wakefield for her wedding to Charles Bronson hidden under a blanket

The soap actress was keen to make sure no one saw her in her dress before the ceremony and was flanked by friends and guests
The soap actress was keen to make sure no one saw her in her dress before the ceremony and was flanked by friends and guests

The soap actress was keen to make sure no one saw her in her dress before the ceremony and was flanked by friends and guests

She was guided into the prison by friends with the blanket blocking her vision
She was guided into the prison by friends with the blanket blocking her vision

She was guided into the prison by friends with the blanket blocking her vision

The pair were originally pen pals before falling in love over their correspondence, with Bronson proposing earlier this year
The pair were originally pen pals before falling in love over their correspondence, with Bronson proposing earlier this year

The pair were originally pen pals before falling in love over their correspondence, with Bronson proposing earlier this year

The purple blanket did not allow for much of a line of sight as she made her way into the prison building
The purple blanket did not allow for much of a line of sight as she made her way into the prison building

The purple blanket did not allow for much of a line of sight as she made her way into the prison building

The wedding party followed suit, carrying flowers as they made their way to the 2pm ceremony
The wedding party followed suit, carrying flowers as they made their way to the 2pm ceremony

The wedding party followed suit, carrying flowers as they made their way to the 2pm ceremony

Meanwhile the wedding vehicles, a black Saab and silver Mercedes Benz, were parked outside the prison
Meanwhile the wedding vehicles, a black Saab and silver Mercedes Benz, were parked outside the prison

Meanwhile the wedding vehicles, a black Saab and silver Mercedes Benz, were parked outside the prison

Bronson is pictured in 2004
Bronson is pictured in 2004
Miss Williamson reveals Bronson is planning to sing a surprise song after previously wooing her with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' when he proposed
Miss Williamson reveals Bronson is planning to sing a surprise song after previously wooing her with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' when he proposed

Miss Williamson reveals Bronson is planning to sing a surprise song after previously wooing her with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' when he proposed

His message is etched in capital letters on a sign swinging in the wind outside the hotel where his bride-to-be is staying.

Bronson, who signs off the message, says 'if you follow my footsteps you're following a madman so think'.

He labels prison the 'funny farm' and tells youngsters to say no to crime 'for your mum'.

Bronson talks of there being 'no glamour or achievements in a prison cell' and refers to life behind bars as a 'cr*p existence'.

The lengthy message reads in full: 'What would I say to youngsters who are about to take the road to crime? Simple! Put the brakes on.

'Stop and think! The facts are simple, it's a road to hell. Don't do it.

'You can never get that time back. It's lost, forever gone. A waste of life.. Imagine it, for years, decades.

'Try and work out the damage and pain it will have on your family life. It's actually horrific. I'll tell you what it does: it destroys lives and turns people into heartless souls.

'When you're young you think it's clever it makes you feel tough, you're with the boys doing your porridge. Big tough guys but your mothers at home crying her eyes out.

'She has to save up every month to visit you in all weathers. She has to be searched and security checked to get in to see you.

Soap actress Paula Williamson is believed to be in this Mercedes Benz on the way to her wedding to Charles Bronson
Soap actress Paula Williamson is believed to be in this Mercedes Benz on the way to her wedding to Charles Bronson

Soap actress Paula Williamson is believed to be in this Mercedes Benz on the way to her wedding to Charles Bronson

The notorious prisoner is to wed his penpal turned lover at HMP Wakefield and the car was seen leaving a nearby hotel for the prison shortly before 2pm
The notorious prisoner is to wed his penpal turned lover at HMP Wakefield and the car was seen leaving a nearby hotel for the prison shortly before 2pm

The notorious prisoner is to wed his penpal turned lover at HMP Wakefield and the car was seen leaving a nearby hotel for the prison shortly before 2pm

The Mercedes Benz has 'Just Married' hanging off the back, pictured, and was previously spotted in the hotel car park
The Mercedes Benz has 'Just Married' hanging off the back, pictured, and was previously spotted in the hotel car park

The Mercedes Benz has 'Just Married' hanging off the back, pictured, and was previously spotted in the hotel car park

A black Saab with ribbons and 'Free Charles Salvador' logos on is also being used in the wedding
A black Saab with ribbons and 'Free Charles Salvador' logos on is also being used in the wedding

A black Saab with ribbons and 'Free Charles Salvador' logos on is also being used in the wedding

The vehicle also has a white ribbon tied to the front and wedding guests were seen getting into it earlier today
The vehicle also has a white ribbon tied to the front and wedding guests were seen getting into it earlier today

The vehicle also has a white ribbon tied to the front and wedding guests were seen getting into it earlier today

A man wearing a suit was seen carrying a dress bag into the prison
A man wearing a suit was seen carrying a dress bag into the prison
At 2pm today the soap actress will marry the notorious 64-year-old violent criminal
At 2pm today the soap actress will marry the notorious 64-year-old violent criminal

A man wearing a suit was seen carrying a dress bag into the prison where the soap actress will marry the notorious 64-year-old violent criminal

Clothes were pictured being brought into HMP Wakefield, pictured, in bags this morning ahead of Charles Bronson's wedding to Paula Williamson at 2pm
Clothes were pictured being brought into HMP Wakefield, pictured, in bags this morning ahead of Charles Bronson's wedding to Paula Williamson at 2pm

Clothes were pictured being brought into HMP Wakefield, pictured, in bags this morning ahead of Charles Bronson's wedding to Paula Williamson at 2pm

Meanwhile the convict has had a message placed on a sign, pictured, outside the hotel Ms Williamson is staying at warning others not to follow in his footsteps
Meanwhile the convict has had a message placed on a sign, pictured, outside the hotel Ms Williamson is staying at warning others not to follow in his footsteps

Meanwhile the convict has had a message placed on a sign, pictured, outside the hotel Ms Williamson is staying at warning others not to follow in his footsteps

The sign also says Free Charles Salvador
The sign also says Free Charles Salvador
The sign also tells youngsters to 'say no to crime' for their mother's sake
The sign also tells youngsters to 'say no to crime' for their mother's sake

The sign, left and right, also says Free Charles Salvador and tells youngsters to 'say no to crime' for their mother's sake

The ceremony at Wakefield Prison, pictured, will be the first time Bronson has 'worn zipped-up trousers' for 20 years
The ceremony at Wakefield Prison, pictured, will be the first time Bronson has 'worn zipped-up trousers' for 20 years

The ceremony at Wakefield Prison, pictured, will be the first time Bronson has 'worn zipped-up trousers' for 20 years

'Your mother is just another statistic of your crime spree. She's a victim too. Imagine her visiting you for 20 to 30 years.

'Imagine the stress, the worry, the pain. Her son's throwing away his life. It hurts her. Then she dies broken hearted and you're still in prison.

'You weren't there for her. You never were. You may be refused to attend her funeral. Then when it's all over, who visits you then?

'If and when you get out, you go to visit the grave, what can you say?

'This is only a small part of the prison world. It's cold, cruel and wicked.. There is no glamour or achievements in a prison cell.

The 37-year-old actress, who has appeared in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, said it was 'frustrating' that she wasn't allowed conjugal visits with her 64-year-old partner
The 37-year-old actress, who has appeared in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, said it was 'frustrating' that she wasn't allowed conjugal visits with her 64-year-old partner

The 37-year-old actress, who has appeared in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, said it was 'frustrating' that she wasn't allowed conjugal visits with her 64-year-old partner

Ms Williamson (pictured) said a parole hearing had raised her hopes that she might be able start a family with Salvador in as little as four years
Ms Williamson (pictured) said a parole hearing had raised her hopes that she might be able start a family with Salvador in as little as four years

Ms Williamson (pictured) said a parole hearing had raised her hopes that she might be able start a family with Salvador in as little as four years

'Then you need to think about the violence, the rapes, the suicides, the depression and the madness.It all rubs off on you.

'Years and years of emptiness, hopelessness, being told when to eat, when to get up, when to go to the exercise yard, when to shower.

'Being told when you can see, when to sh*t, when to sleep. Being controlled.. Cr*p food, cr*p clothes, cr*p bedding, and a cr*p life. This is what comes with crime.

'SAY NO TO CRIME': CHARLES BRONSON'S BIZARRE MESSAGE 

'What would I say to youngsters who are about to take the road to crime? Simple! Put the brakes on.

'Stop and think! The facts are simple, it's a road to hell. Don't do it.

'You can never get that time back. It's lost, forever gone. A waste of life.. Imagine it, for years, decades.

'Try and work out the damage and pain it will have on your family life. It's actually horrific. I'll tell you what it does: it destroys lives and turns people into heartless souls.

'When you're young you think it's clever it makes you feel tough, you're with the boys doing your porridge. Big tough guys but your mothers at home crying her eyes out.

'She has to save up every month to visit you in all weathers. She has to be searched and security checked to get in to see you.

'Your mother is just another statistic of your crime spree. She's a victim too. Imagine her visiting you for 20 to 30 years.

'Imagine the stress, the worry, the pain. Her son's throwing away his life. It hurts her. Then she dies broken hearted and you're still in prison.

'You weren't there for her. You never were. You may be refused to attend her funeral. Then when it's all over, who visits you then?

'If and when you get out, you go to visit the grave, what can you say?

'This is only a small part of the prison world. It's cold, cruel and wicked.. There is no glamour or achievements in a prison cell.

'Then you need to think about the violence, the rapes, the suicides, the depression and the madness.It all rubs off on you.

'Years and years of emptiness, hopelessness, being told when to eat, when to get up, when to go to the exercise yard, when to shower.

'Being told when you can see, when to sh*t, when to sleep. Being controlled.. Cr*p food, cr*p clothes, cr*p bedding, and a cr*p life. This is what comes with crime.

'You may get a short sentence. You may get a long one or you may get life. Whatever you get you've lost your life.

'No birds, no luxuries, no sweet smells, just a lot of porridge. That's what you're looking at. A boring existence, soul destroying.

'Is crime worth it? Let's say you make £1 million and serve 10 years, is it worth it? 10 years of nothing.

'Believe me, money can't buy a life and the truth is very few in prison made much money. Most crimes are pathetic, committed by idiots.

'Prisons are full of idiots. They have to be clowns to keep coming inside. Look at me, 4 decades lost! All for What?

'If you follow my footsteps you're following a madman so think!

'It's your life, your shout. It's one hell of a gamble.

'Look your mother in the eyes and ask yourself, do I really want to put her through hell? Do I really want to throw away my freedom? It's your choice and only yours.

'Do you expect girlfriends to wait for you? Don't be deluded. They don't. Why should they? You're a loser that's why.

'Whilst you're inside, she's outside having a party and who can blame her.

'Your mates all have a job earning a wage. Going on holidays, buying nice clothes and enjoying life.

'You're banged up in a stinking cell lumpy and smelly. You're behind that steel door coz you're a loser.

'You may have a son or daughter. What about them? You betrayed them. They needed you. You chose crime now do the time. See what you lost.

'By the time you get out those kids are grown-ups. You lost out on a fatherhood.

'You walk out of prison to a world that left you behind. Your hairs grey, your eyes no longer shine.

'You're a bitter old man. That's your future, that's if you make it out. Lots don't.

'They die in prison. They may get stabbed up. They may die of stress, bad diets and some turn to drugs.

'It's a cr*p existence. Do yourself a favour, turn your back on it. Life's so precious. Priceless. Enjoy it.

'So that's my truthful opinion on why crime don't pay.

'If after you read this you decide to step into the world of crime, then don't be moaning and crying when you get your collar felt and land in the big black pit of doom.

'So many youngsters come into this world whinging and moaning poor me. Blaming the world, human rights cr*p.

'Well welcome to the funny farm, your straight jacket awaits, p.s do it for your mum, say no to crime.'

'You may get a short sentence. You may get a long one or you may get life. Whatever you get you've lost your life.

'No birds, no luxuries, no sweet smells, just a lot of porridge. That's what you're looking at. A boring existence, soul destroying.

'Is crime worth it? Let's say you make £1 million and serve 10 years, is it worth it? 10 years of nothing.

'Believe me, money can't buy a life and the truth is very few in prison made much money. Most crimes are pathetic, committed by idiots.

'Prisons are full of idiots. They have to be clowns to keep coming inside. Look at me, 4 decades lost! All for What?

'If you follow my footsteps you're following a madman so think!

'It's your life, your shout. It's one hell of a gamble.

'Look your mother in the eyes and ask yourself, do I really want to put her through hell? Do I really want to throw away my freedom? It's your choice and only yours.

'Do you expect girlfriends to wait for you? Don't be deluded. They don't. Why should they? You're a loser that's why.

'Whilst you're inside, she's outside having a party and who can blame her.

'Your mates all have a job earning a wage. Going on holidays, buying nice clothes and enjoying life.

'You're banged up in a stinking cell lumpy and smelly. You're behind that steel door coz you're a loser.

'You may have a son or daughter. What about them? You betrayed them. They needed you. You chose crime now do the time. See what you lost.

'By the time you get out those kids are grown-ups. You lost out on a fatherhood.

'You walk out of prison to a world that left you behind. Your hairs grey, your eyes no longer shine.

'You're a bitter old man. That's your future, that's if you make it out. Lots don't.

'They die in prison. They may get stabbed up. They may die of stress, bad diets and some turn to drugs.

'It's a cr*p existence. Do yourself a favour, turn your back on it. Life's so precious. Priceless. Enjoy it.

'So that's my truthful opinion on why crime don't pay.

'If after you read this you decide to step into the world of crime, then don't be moaning and crying when you get your collar felt and land in the big black pit of doom.

'So many youngsters come into this world whinging and moaning poor me. Blaming the world, human rights cr*p.

'Well welcome to the funny farm, your straight jacket awaits, p.s do it for your mum, say no to crime.' 

The 37-year-old actress, who has appeared in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, last week said they were very excited about the ceremony and that Bronson would be singing a surprise song for her.

She also revealed today's occasion will be the first time the convicted armed robber, now known as Charles Salvador, will wear 'zipped-up trousers' in 20 years - although he may not be allowed to attend his own reception, according to the best man.  

Despite the wedding plans having been agreed with prison chiefs, Salvador's best man Rod Harrison claimed this weekend that they had 'reneged' on their word.

He said that Salvador was told on Friday that 'some arrangements' concerning the wedding were being withdrawn.

Writing on Facebook on Saturday, Mr Harrison, who is Salvador's best man and will be attending the nuptials with five other guests this week, said Salvador was 'keeping calm' and had not exploded in rage after being told the news.

Mr Harrison wrote: 'Update on the wedding - despite all the arrangements for the wedding being agreed three weeks ago, the Governor and prison have reneged on their word and late yesterday afternoon (Nov 10) informed Charlie that some of the agreed arrangements were being withdrawn.

'The wedding will still be a good day even if not what was promised.

'There are other matters that I can't go into here that the prison system are trying it on with, but Charlie has not given them the reaction they expected and he is taking it in his stride.'

He added: 'The wedding will still be going ahead - it will be a fantastic day and a great evening - sadly to say Charlie will not be at the reception, or will he?.'

Speaking last week, Miss Williamson said: 'He is going to sing another song, but I don't know what it will be as it's a surprise.

'He (Salvador) is very excited - it will be the first time he's worn zipped trousers in 20 years.

'He is wearing a wedding suit and I'll be in a white dress.' 

The rings they will exchange will have CPS engraved on them - standing for Charlie & Paula Salvador, but which is also the acronym for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Miss Williamson also revealed that after the ceremony she will head off to a local hotel with friends and family before jetting off to Malta on her 'honeymoon'.

Ms Williamson also revealed that after marrying Bronson (pictured) she will jet off on a 'honeymoon' to Malta with friends
Ms Williamson also revealed that after marrying Bronson (pictured) she will jet off on a 'honeymoon' to Malta with friends
Charles Bronson, Britain's most dangerous prisoner
Charles Bronson, Britain's most dangerous prisoner

Ms Williamson also revealed that after marrying Bronson (pictured) she will jet off on a 'honeymoon' to Malta with friends

She said: 'He (Charlie) told me to go on honeymoon without him, so I'm going to Malta with friends.'

Speaking previously, Miss Williamson said that Salvador was a 'changed man' and had not been violent in three years.

She said: 'He will not be in jail for the rest of his days - I will make sure personally he won't be in jail for the rest of his days.

'I won't give up. When I want something I always get it and I want him out and he's going to be out, end of.'

She added: 'Why would I be with a man who has been in jail for so long? I'm in love with the man. I'm not in love with the fact he's a prisoner. Behind every prisoner is a person.

'He's done some things he's not proud of but he can only blame himself, he blames no-one else.'

WHEN WILLIAMSON FIRST MET BRONSON 

Bronson is one of the country's most notorious prisoners and has spent the majority of the past four decades imprisoned for a series of violent crimes.

In recent years he has turned his hand to art and changed his surname from Bronson to Salvador in tribute to the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

He first struck up a relationship with Miss Williamson - who also had roles in Emmerdale and Hollyoaks - back in 2013 after they started writing to one another.

Bronson has previously said he wants to have children with Miss Williamson, claiming he would be the 'best dad in the world'.

He was first locked up for armed robbery in 1974, but during his time inside he has taken hostages in 10 prison sieges, attacked at least 20 prison officers and caused £500,000 in damage in rooftop protests.  

Meanwhile she told LBC it was 'frustrating' that she wasn't allowed conjugal visits with her 64-year-old partner but said she was 'willing to wait'. 

She said: 'He wants to be a father.

'We haven't had a physical relationship as conjugal visits aren't allowed in Britain - we would love it, but it won't happen.

'It's not ideal, you expect it (a physical relationship) when you get married, but I'm willing to wait.' 

She said that Salvador had not been violent in the past three years and was instead concentrating on his artwork.

She added: 'We are not asking for him to be let out tomorrow, just get him off segregation where he is now and allow him to progress through the system towards his release.

'He has been a loose cannon in the past, however, in the past three years since he changed his name to Charles Salvador he has not committed a violent offence whatsoever.

'His artwork has saved him, it's his salvation as he's locked up for 22 hours a day.'

After passing a string of violence reductions courses in prison, Salvador - real name Michael Peterson - is now appealing against his life sentence.

Salvador was first locked up for armed robbery in 1974, but during his time inside he has taken hostages in 10 prison sieges, attacked at least 20 prison officers and caused £500,000 in damage in rooftop protests.

In 1999 he was given a life sentence after taking prison art teacher Phil Danielson hostage at HMP Hull after he criticised one of his drawings.

The parole board is set to make a decision on Salvador's future within the next two weeks.

The rings they will exchange will have CPS engraved on them - standing for Charlie & Paula Salvador, but which is also the acronym for the Crown Prosecution Service
The rings they will exchange will have CPS engraved on them - standing for Charlie & Paula Salvador, but which is also the acronym for the Crown Prosecution Service

The rings they will exchange will have CPS engraved on them - standing for Charlie & Paula Salvador, but which is also the acronym for the Crown Prosecution Service

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