Dream end to wedding nightmare

Natalie Cole and fiance Chris Scott at the Park Inn, St Helens, which stepped in to offer them a new wedding reception venue when the couple discovered that Eccleston Social Club was to close
Natalie Cole and fiance Chris Scott at the Park Inn, St Helens, which stepped in to offer them a new wedding reception venue when the couple discovered that Eccleston Social Club was to close
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A YOUNG couple whose wedding plans were thrown into chaos by the impending closure of Eccleston Social Club are all set for a happy ending.

Bosses at the Park Inn Hotel have offered to match the wedding reception deal that Chris Scott and Natalie Cole had agreed with the axe-threatened Knowsley Road venue - enabling them to keep the same date and, crucially, the same number of wedding guests.

Natalie, 23, of Blackbrook, told of her delight at the response to the Reporter story from two weeks ago.

She said: “We were both made up when we found out what the Park Inn were offering. It felt like everything was coming together again. I couldn’t stop smiling.

“We had originally considered the Park Inn anyway, but opted for Eccleston Social Club because it was more affordable. Now we’re getting the best of both worlds. It’s all systems ‘go’ again.”

Chris and Natalie are due to tie the knot at St Mark’s Church in Haydock on March 23 next year, and, several months ago, had booked to have their wedding reception at the old Triplex club.

Only when they visited the St Helens Reporter’s website did they realise that the club is now due to close later this year.

Park Inn manager Vicky Hanlon said: “One of our staff members cut the Reporter article out to show me and asked if there was anything we could do - so we offered to match the same price they had been quoted elsewhere.

“There’s often a perception that it’s really expensive to get married in hotels, but we offer some really affordable packages too.”