Aug 27
First wedding on ice in the country - and it's in Halton

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Halton Borough Council registration officers made history by conducting the first ever wedding on ice in England and Wales - and one of the guests was a penguin.

Officials conducted the service at Silver Blades in Widnes last weekend.

Ruth Harvey, walked 'down the aisle' in the middle of the ice, meeting her on the podium was groom Matt Lloyd, 43, who is a Sports Consultant specialising in winter sports and Chairman of the Widnes Wild.

They got married on an area specially decorated with two grand thrones, flowers and situated in front of an Olympia ice machine - a symbol of the rink. Widnes Wild mascot 'Pukka Penguin' was in attendance!

The wedding was the first of its kind and may well set a new trend amongst those who dedicate their lives to ice sports.

A walkway, a dais and seating area had been constructed near to the centre of the rink so fortunately the necessity for the registrars to wear skates was removed.

The couple were not skating on thin ice either they have known one another for some time and decided on the unique venue when the groom became associated with the rink.

The venue has been approved by the General Register Office and inspected by Halton Borough Council to confirm its suitability to host civil ceremonies. .

All of the associated services were also sourced locally including the flowers and the catering ensuring that the wedding supported the local community.

Matt said: "Really can't thank everyone enough for an amazing wedding day. All the staff at Silver Blades, all of our guests, and our family and friends.

"There's so many Facebook pictures and comments that we haven't even made it through them all yet, and lots of cards and gifts to open when we get home. So just thank you everyone."

Halton Borough Council's Executive Board Member for Registration, Cllr Stef Nelson said: "Guests said that despite the chilly surroundings the warmth and love the couple have for each other shone through

"Halton has extended its range of venues from the splendour of the Town Hall and Gardens, the antiquity and beauty of Norton Priory to the seriously COOL Silver Blades.

"We are always willing to chat to couples about their plans."

Guests watched the special ceremony on the large ice rink and were then directed to the smaller ice pad for their meal.

Both ice pads were decorated with white and silver themes, and curtains were draped around to complement the winter lighting.

As a special present to the bride and groom, ice hockey players were invited from around the country to participate within a game that would see the home team Widnes Wild secure a winning start for their upcoming season.

Matt is an avid supporter of winter sports and is a Paralympian who represented Great Britain at International Level for many years in Ice Sledge Hockey. Ruth his wife, is too involved within the ice world, a keen supporter of ice hockey and she is the child protection officer for the Widnes Wild Juniors.

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