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Stephen McCullough and Helen Rasmussen from Lancaster who's wedding venue The Pickerings is now closed

Stephen McCullough and Helen Rasmussen from Lancaster who's wedding venue The Pickerings is now closed

Couples left in the lurch when a hotel closed have been racing against the clock to find new wedding reception venues.

And misery has now turned to joy for David Barnfield and Jan Giannoccaro, after they found a new location just weeks before they say “I do”.

The pair had their dream day ruined when popular Garstang venue The Pickerings ceased trading on January 2.

David, from Chorley, and Jan, from Cottam, were having a £3,500 event on February 16 and had paid a £340 deposit.

David said: “From our point of view The Pickerings offered us everything we wanted.”

However, they are now having their wedding reception at Haighton Manor, near Preston, after a service at Garstang Free Methodist Church.

David said: “The owner Marc Bond made us feel so special and just wanted to make us feel as if nothing had ever upset our plans.”

He said Mr Bond had even given them an “incredible discount” on the bridal suite and a further deduction to ease their disappointment.

Alan Thornton, a director at The Pickerings, said everybody who had paid deposits would have them returned.

He said: “We could have gone into receivership and not paid anybody a single penny, but we’ve not done that. We’re not that type of family.”

He said even those who paid a non-refundable deposit for rooms would be refunded.

But Helen Rasmussen and Stephen McCullough, from Lancaster, had still not heard from The Pickerings yesterday.

The Evening Post passed on their details to Mr Thornton, who pledged to ring the family.

Helen’s father Paul paid a £250 deposit, which was cashed last July, for a 2014 wedding.

He said: “My daughter is disappointed because she had her heart set on it.”

Mr Thornton said their name had been incorrectly noted on his bookings list and that priority had been given to imminent weddings.

 

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