Couple appeal for help after wedding venue damaged by flooding

Hannah Riley and Rob Knibbs.

A couple have appealed for help to find an alternative venue for their wedding reception this weekend after their planned venue was damaged by flooding.

Hannah Riley and Rob Knibbs, from Richmond, are due to get married at St Andrew’s Church in Grinton on Saturday.

The church has been unaffected by the flooding this week, but the venue for the reception – Grinton Youth Hostel – has been damaged and is no longer available.

The couple are now searching for a new venue which can hold up to 130 people.

More than 80 guests were also due to stay overnight at the hostel and they are looking for alternative accommodation for them.

Catering is being provided by Neeps and Tatties of Richmond and they have told the couple they will travel anywhere that’s needed.

The couple have been planning the wedding for the last 18 months.

Hannah, 29, a teacher, said the preparations had been a “labour of love”.

She added: “Because it’s in a youth hostel we have needed to do everything and it’s taken a long time.

“We know there are lots of people worse off than us who have lost their homes and livelihoods because of the flooding but we would really appreciate any suggestions both of venues and accommodation.”

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  1. Have they tried the Jersey Farman Barnard castle they do weddings and may have room..

  2. So sorry to hear this. We have two double bedrooms in our house. Happy for well behaved guests to use free of charge. Good luck.

  3. hi

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    please call me on 01325 377977

    james allison

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