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Nice day for a white wedding: Manchester registry office trio brave snow to perform winter nuptials

By Henry Vaughan

Blushing brides worried the winter weather would disrupt the best day of their lives discovered it was ‘snow’ problem thanks to three intrepid Bury registration officers.

Saviours Deborah Lisle, Lesley Heyworth and Joanne Spencer tackled the treacherous conditions and heavy snow on Saturday January 29 to ensure three weddings went ahead as planned.

Deborah, who has worked in the Register Office since 2005, had been planning the trip from her Tottington estate since the Friday evening.

It took her an hour and ten minutes to walk through the snow to Bury Town Hall to make sure the first wedding could go ahead at 12.15pm.

She said: “I was concerned that the couples would be ringing the office enquiring if we were open for their ceremonies.

“Weddings take so long to plan and organise that you can’t let couples down, we have to get to work.”

Lesley, administration assistant for election and charges during the week, walked all the way from Brandlesholme to the office.

Meanwhile Joan’s aunt came to her rescue in a four-wheel-drive vehicle in Ramsbottom.

Both have been deputy registrars for five years while all three only work in the register office at weekends.

“The ceremonies went off very smoothly, and most of the guests made it to the Register Office on time,” said Deborah.

“The brides and grooms took everything in their stride and enjoyed their special moments.

“I am sure they will all have great photographs to remind them of the freaky weather we encountered that day.”

They have since received a grateful letter from one of the brides expressing her appreciation and their efforts have been applauded by Councillor Mike Connolly, leader of Bury Council.

Speaking at the latest full council meeting, he said: “I want to place on record our thanks to all our staff who worked over Christmas and New Year in providing those key front-line services, that at times we take for granted but nevertheless should be recognised.”

“I also want say a special thank you to our three members of staff in the Register Office who walked into work from Tottington and Brandlesholme on that snowbound Saturday morning to ensure a planned wedding went ahead and the couple’s special day was not spoiled.”

Picture courtesy of Fabrice Lambert, with thanks.

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