Boom in weddings leads to longer hours bid by cafe

Popular: Weddings have become so popular at the Pavilion Cafe in Avenham Park that bosses want to open later
Popular: Weddings have become so popular at the Pavilion Cafe in Avenham Park that bosses want to open later
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Weddings in a city park have become so popular that bosses are applying for a later licence.

The Pavilion Café in Avenham Park in Preston has seen such a demand since it started allowing people to get married there that managers have applied for permission for it to stay open until 1am.

The venue wants to be able to open from 10am until 1am Monday to Sunday to allow for recorded music and the sale of alcohol, it is currently open until 11pm.

Licensing bosses at Preston Council will take a final decision on the bid.

Last year the council announced that Tribourne Catering Services Ltd had secured a 10-year catering contract for the café, following an initial five year contract.

Co-owner of Tribourne, Brenda Hopkins, said: “When a couple come along they don’t want to be finishing at 11pm, they want to stay until midnight or a bit longer, that’s why we are putting the application in. What we have done for weddings this year is apply for a Temporary Events Notice but next year we have 16 or 18 weddings already booked in.

“It is becoming a venue of choice for people and to be able to meet the demands of the users, the people of Preston, who want to come to the park for their wedding or civil partnership, we want to be able to partner up with them and give them a day to remember and to be able to allow them to stay to the time that they want.

“It’s fantastic for the park, it brings people to the park who have never been before and its great for us, it showcases we are able to cater for events of this nature.”

The cafe was previously known as the Riverside Cafe, but was officially re-named last year. Town Centre Coun Drew Gale said: “It is a wonderful facility and it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that it has become so popular. I am fully supportive of them extending their hours.

“It is in a great place; there’s no residential properties in the immediate vicinity so it won’t be disturbing anybody.

“It is plus points all round, everybody wins.”

Last year a young couple made history after being the first couple to get married in a popular city park.

Charlotte and Daniel Halsall tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at the Pavilion

The pair settled on the venue, because of its sentimental value to them as a couple.

The Pavilion was designed by Ian McChesney and was opened by the The Duke of Gloucester in June 2009.

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