Tyne & Wear

Longhirst Hall: Council aids stranded wedding couples

Longhirst Hall
Image caption Longhirst Hall closed its doors on 28 February

Couples stranded when a popular wedding venue in Northumberland went into administration have been offered assistance by the county council.

Longhirst Hall, near Morpeth, closed its doors on 28 February.

Most of the 79 couples who had booked a ceremony have already been contacted by a registrar and given advice about finding an alternative venue.

Trading standards officers have also been giving advice to those who have paid deposits to the company.

The surprise closure came about when owners Hotel Lease (Number 3) Ltd, went into liquidation.

'Very distressing'

Grainger Corporation Rescue and Recovery has now been appointed as administrators.

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: "Situations like these can be very distressing for consumers who have planned their celebrations at Longhirst Hall.

"The law doesn't provide much protection for people who have planned their events at Longhirst, but there are some steps you can take if you've paid on a card.

"The Citizens Advice Consumer Service will feed complaints through to the council's consumer advice team and they will both help people as far as they can."

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