Selby couple first to tie knot at town’s new register office

Selby's new register office celebrates its first wedding  The first wedding ceremony at the new Selby register office took place on Friday (30 January),   when Hannah Bestington and Lauren Gawthorpe tied the knot.
Selby's new register office celebrates its first wedding The first wedding ceremony at the new Selby register office took place on Friday (30 January), when Hannah Bestington and Lauren Gawthorpe tied the knot.
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The first wedding ceremony has been held at the new Selby register office after it moved from its old home.

Hannah Bestington and Lauren Gawthorpe got married on Friday at the office, which became the town’s centre for births, deaths, civil partnerships and marriages on January 15.

Hannah, an office manager in the construction industry and Lauren, a care worker, met in February last year.

Lauren proposed to Hannah whilst holidaying in Lanzarotte in June. The couple, who are both from Selby, will honeymoon in the Caribbean later this year.

Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member with responsibility for the Registration Service for North Yorkshire County Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hannah and Lauren as the first couple to get married at Selby.

“We send them our warmest congratulations and good wishes for their future together on this special day”.

The newly-married couple said: “We are so glad we can share our wedding day with our family and friends - it means the world to us. The registrars have provided a really personal service; they have guided us through the whole event from beginning to end.”

The council says the new register office has has more parking spaces, a café, more room for guests at ceremonies, and better access for all than the previous base in UnionLane.