Words and photo by Dave Barry
Scores of people attended the first wedding fair at Scarborough’s latest wedding venue.
Decked out for a glamorous wedding, the town hall looked every inch the archetypal setting for one of life’s big events.
Chairs with white butterfly backs were arranged in one of the larger rooms, with French doors opening out onto the gardens and the grand vista of the south bay.
In the corridor, a circular dinner table, beautifully laid out for a reception, sat in the niche of a semi-circular window.
The council chamber was emptied of its wooden debating furniture and transformed into a showroom for some of the organisations taking part. Singer and ukulele player Lucy Spencer provided the entertainment.
Martin and Cherry Smith acted as hosts, as indeed they might, being the mayor and mayoress.
Scarborough Council has obtained a premises licence to hold civil marriages and partnerships at the town hall.
The Jacobean-style Victorian building has five elegant rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, which can hold up to 60 people.
They can be booked by people wanting to renew their wedding vows or celebrate a naming ceremony in front of family and friends.
The venue’s wedding team was joined by various participants representing Print Plus Wedding Stationery, Hearts and Flowers, Richard Wood Photography, Peasholm Dental Surgery, East Coast Vintage, Studio 41 Photography, Drinky Poos Darling, Village Hall Events, Jane’s Cakes and Covers, Covered by Angels, Woodend Museum, Rosh jewellers, Linda’s Beauty, Shadow hair salon, the Wedding Room, Get Ahead Hats, CostelloCello and Hackness Grange Hotel.