Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now the Heartache as Couples Desperately Try to Rearrange Weddings

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now the Heartache as Couples Desperately Try to Rearrange Weddings

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior Reporter dave.robson@trinitymirror.com

WEDDING plans went up in smoke when Crathorne Hall caught fire. Several couples have been left frantically trying to rearrange their nuptials after the devastating blaze at the historic hotel. And for Jonathan Cook and his fiancee Kathryn Plant, it has left them facing a massive race against time, with their ceremony and reception due to take place at the hall tomorrow. Jonathan, 29, of Linthorpe, and Kathryn, 30, from Yarm, booked Crathorne Hall in April 2013. The couple have lived in Leicestershire for seven years, but former King's Manor School pupil Jonathan and ex-Conyers pupil Kathryn were keen to marry on Teesside. They planned to wed at 2pm tomorrow, before they and the 60 guests enjoyed a hot air balloon ride. The evening reception, again at the hall, would then round off a perfect day before the couple fly off to Rome on honeymoon. But now they face a lastminute ringaround to try to find somewhere else. Even if they succeed, they would have to race back down to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, to get the legal documents changed. Jonathan, a network architect, said they learned Crathorne Hall was a nonstarter in a phone call yesterday afternoon. He said: "We first got a call at about 11.15am saying there'd been a fire, but it had been contained to one wing. They were hoping to keep going, albeit we'd probably have to relocate a few guests. "But by the afternoon, we got a call saying they would not be having events over this weekend and our wedding was off." Kathryn, who was having her hair done at the time, "burst into tears" on the news, said Jonathan. "We've been planning this day for months, so to get news 48 hours before that it wouldn't be happening was devastating. It's all a bit surreal to be honest." The couple have forked out PS9,000 but thankfully are insured, although that doesn't solve their venue dilemma. Anyone who can help with a venue for the wedding and reception is asked to call 07788 286790. Meanwhile, a couple due to have their reception at Crathorne Hall on Saturday have been forced to hastily find a "Plan B". Northallerton hair salon owner Helen Boddy, 26, from Appleton Wiske, is marrying electrician Scott Healey, 27, from Hurworth, at noon on Saturday, in St Mary's Church, Appleton Wiske. They then planned to have the reception, attended by 74 guests, at Crathorne Hall. Helen said: "We booked Crathorne two and a half years ago, and have been putting money aside to pay for it ever since. "My cousin rang me to tell me about the fire. I thought she was pulling a prank, but then my phone started going mad." As Helen still hadn't heard from Crathorne Hall by mid-afternoon yesterday, friends and family rang around to try to find an alternative - and cousin Rachael Hall came up trumps with Rudby Hall, near Hutton Rudby. Helen said: "We are going to make this happen. …

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