First to say ‘I do’ on the Prom

Kelly Goudie and Simon Garrick who will be the first couple to get married
Kelly Goudie and Simon Garrick who will be the first couple to get married
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SWEETHEARTS Kelly Goudie and Simon Garrick will book their place in history when they say ‘I do’.

For the couple will be the first to tie the knot in Blackpool’s £2.7m new wedding chapel when they exchange vows on January 12.

IT analyst Kelly, 32, and Simon, 33, an offshore technician, of North Drive, Anchorsholme, cannot wait for their big day.

Bride-to-be Kelly said: “I phoned the council 18 months ago as soon as I saw building work begin, to ask if we could be the first couple and we could not believe it when we were chosen.

“It’s a dream come true. We have both lived in Blackpool our whole lives and we love this town.

“My nan and grandad are from Liverpool but they came to Blackpool on honeymoon and have visited every year since for their anniversary – and now we’re part of Blackpool’s heritage.

“I think couples will love being married here. The room has a really intimate feel about it and the view to the Tower is amazing.”

Kelly and Simon’s five-year-old daughter Hallie, a pupil at Anchorsholme Junior School, will be bridesmaid at the ceremony.

Simon said: “It is amazing to think we will be the first couple to walk down the aisle here. It really makes us a part of history.

“It is nice to think that in years to come our daughter Hallie will drive past and be able to say her mother and father were the first to be married here.”

Kelly and Simon met in 2001 and got engaged in 2004 after Simon proposed by writing ‘Will you marry me?’ in shaving foam across the bathroom wall.

They will hold their reception in the nearby Sands venue on the Promenade, but are delaying their honeymoon to later in the year.

Around 100 couples have booked to hold their ceremonies at the chapel, called Festival Hall, which was officially unveiled yesterday.

Blackpool Council deputy leader Coun Fred Jackson said: “I think anyone who holds their wedding ceremony here will be delighted.

“I think it will quickly become known as the UK’s most iconic beachside wedding venue.”

The building has three ceremony rooms with the largest being the Tower View Room capable of holding up to 80 people.

The ground floor also boasts a tourist information centre and there is a restaurant which is set to open later next year.