Final wedding set for register office

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NO more weddings will take place at Basford Register Office (pictured) — which is actually in Bulwell — after the end of this month.

Thousands of couples have tied the knot at the Highbury Road venue over the last six decades. But the last marriage ceremony to take place there will be on Friday March 30.

“The register office was built in 1953 and was made to measure for civil marriages,” said spokesman Rob Fisher. “But social changes now mean a much wider choice of places where people get married.

“Wedding ceremonies are held at all sorts of places which have appropriate licences, including hotels, sports centres and cricket grounds.

“Civil marriages are now performed at Nottingham Council House, while register offices are also operated in Carlton, West Bridgford and Mansfield.

“Whether people want a simple ceremony or something very elaborate, there is now a big choice.”

Mr Fisher stressed that Basford Register Office would not be closing but would become a centre for research into family history, with copies of old documents such as birth certificates made available.

The register office was one of five sites in Bulwell’s Highbury Vale area which were the subject of a well-attended public consultation in the McGuinness Centre of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Roman Catholic Church on Brooklyn Road.

Keepmoat Homes, which is to build about 40 new family homes on one of the sites — at the junction of Highbury Road and Latimer Close — is asking the public for suggestions of a name for the proposed development.

Possible uses of the now-derelict former Henry Mellish Comprehensive School were also discussed at the consultation. In addition, there was an initiative to promote the Mellish Sports Centre.