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Couples planning to tie the knot flocked to a free wedding fair organised by North Tyneside Council.

Over 150 brides and grooms-to-be visited the special event, held at North Tyneside Register Office’s Maritime Chambers, late last month, on February 25.

It featured more than 25 exhibitors who offered everything from photography to wedding cakes, music and entertainment, bridal wear and stationery.

And for one lucky couple, Amy Michelson and Josh Baird, the fair was especially exciting.

Amy and Josh entered a prize draw on the day and won their ceremony at the North Shields venue, worth up to £250, for free.

Speaking about the event, North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, CBE, said: “The fair was a resounding success and we’ve had brilliant feedback from visitors and exhibitors.

“Our registrars were delighted to show lots of couples around the wonderful venue and help many of them book their weddings. It was great that we were also able to invite local businesses to come along and exhibit their wares.

“We’ll definitely be looking to hold more wedding fairs in the future.

“I’d also like to say congratulations to Amy and Josh – I hope they thoroughly enjoy their special day.”

Bride-to-be Amy added: “We were so pleased to win the free marriage ceremony at Maritime Chambers. It’s such a beautiful venue, with stunning views of the Tyne, and we can’t wait for our special day.

“We really enjoyed the fair and got loads of ideas and contacts for our wedding.”

The Maritime Chambers, built in 1806, is a grade II-listed building offering a choice of three rooms; the register office room, The River Suite for 10 guests, and the Tyne View Room for 70 guests.

For more information about holding your wedding at Maritime Chambers visit