First Civic Wedding at Town Hall
Friday, 16 July 2010
The first civil wedding in Hebden Bridge took place in the town’s landmark Town Hall last Saturday (August 14th), when Alan Hinton and Deborah Newbold were married in the panelled Town Hall Chamber.
The wedding follows a decision earlier this year by Hebden Bridge Community Association to apply for a licence for the Town Hall. The six hundred strong Association took over leasehold ownership and management of the building in April, in a pioneering asset transfer agreement struck with Calderdale council.
Andrew Bibby, secretary of the Association, says: “We congratulate Alan and Deborah on their marriage and we’re delighted that they chose to tie the knot in the Town Hall.
“We have committed to bringing new life back to the Town Hall, and to offer services which previously haven’t been available locally. Although the licence has cost us over a thousand pounds to obtain, we’ve been delighted with the interest which we’ve already attracted. Several other weddings and civil partnerships are already booked in for the Town Hall over the next few months.”
After Saturday’s ceremony, the wedding was celebrated by morris dancing in St George’s Square, and celebratory drinks in the Shoulder of Mutton. The wedding reception was in AJ’s fish restaurant and was followed by a disco in Heptonstall bowling club.
See also: Town Hall website
Town Hall Development Plans go to Calderdale (16 July 2010)
Public consultation on Town Hall plans (May 2010)
Association seeks Treasurer to take on Town Hall role (2 March 2010)
Invitation to see plans for Town Hall (Feb 2010)
Weddings and civil partnerships at Town Hall (Jan 2010)
Town Hall Future Secure (Dec 2009)
Town Hall Group seeks ‘Friends’ (April 2009)
Hebden Bridge Town Hall project: Transfer of Town Hall to community ownership one step closer (March 2009)
HebWeb News: New Charity created to manage Town Hall (Jan 2009)
HebWeb News: Government gives thumbs up to Hebden Bridge Town Hall plans (July 2008)
HebWeb News: Plans to put Town Hall once again at the heart of local life (October 2007)