Halton Borough Council Registration Service has once again gone above and beyond to try and accommodate weddings that were due to take place during the second lockdown period.

Innovative staff made Wednesday 4 November available at short notice for those who were due to have weddings in the coming weeks of lockdown, if they were able to change to an earlier date.

Eight couples decided this was a good idea and plans were made to change the dates and ensure that the couples had the opportunity to say “I do” before the Register Office had to temporarily stop ceremonies.

Other weddings due to take place, but could not be brought forward, changed to later dates in the year or even into next year. None of the couples will lose deposits or monies paid.

Because prices have been held until 2023, no extra charges are applicable for weddings which may have to move over the next two years.

Halton Borugh Council’s Executive Board Member for the Registration Service, Stef Nelson said: “Our Registration service has proved itself to be a quick reactive and flexible service in the face of a forthcoming lockdown.

“This has meant we have been able to make sure our residents could get married before the lockdown period.  I would like to congratulate the staff on their quick thinking and also wish those who got married a very special future together.”

* Halton’s Register Office at Runcorn Town Hall has hosted what is thought to be the first ceremony in England following the easing of the lockdown restrictions on 4 July.

The wedding ceremony of Widnes couple Louise Arnold and Jennifer Wilson took place just after midnight on Saturday 4 July, on the day weddings can officially restart as specified by the updated Government Covid19 guidelines.

The couple marriage took their vows in the beautifully lit and decorated Runcorn Town Hall, with Halton Borough Council’s Registrars officiating, and in the presence of family and friends.