Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 21-01-2014

First for town hall

by Joanne Clague

First for town hall - picture

Douglas Town Hall has hosted its first civil marriage since it was granted 'approved place' status by the Chief Registrar.
The Council was the Isle of Man's first local authority to receive approval to hold civil ceremonies in the building.
Olja Black and Paul John Sayle were married in the council chamber of the town hall on January 11. The venue had been decorated with floral displays created by the council's parks section.
Council leader David Christian said: 'We were delighted that Ms Black and Mr Sayle chose Douglas town hall as the venue for their marriage. The council chamber makes a suitably imposing setting for memorable occasions such as this, as it does for conducting council business, although I am sure on this occasion there was no call for the electronic voting system to be employed!
'On behalf of the council I would like to extend to the happy couple our very best wishes for the future.'

The couple is pictured with registrars Sue Cain and Patricia Birch.

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