Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council

COUPLES MAKE PUBLIC DECLARATION

NORTH YORKSHIRE County Council is offering a new way for couples to show their commitment to each other.

In partnership with the private sector, Civil Ceremonies Ltd, the registration service in North Yorkshire is to offer adult couples a chance to make a public declaration of their life long commitment in front of their family and friends.

The ceremonies are available to both same sex couples and to adult couples of the opposite sex who are not married, and whilst they have no legal significance or standing, it is one way the couple can express their dedication to each other.

The ceremonies will be held both at the register offices and at any of the many approved venues across the county. They can be tailored so that the couples can create their own meaningful celebration by selecting words, poems readings and music.

Councillor Carl Les, the county council's executive member for the registration service, said: “We know there are many thousands of couples who are in long term committed relationships who have not had a chance to declare that commitment in a very personal way. This is one way we can help couples cement their relationships."

Note to Editors: A number of other authorities in the region already offer such ceremonies, including Leeds, East Riding of Yorkshire and Darlington.

21/11/03

Contact: Robin Mair 01609-766409

Executive member: Councillor Carl Les (Con) 01677-423702 Mob: 07860-639600

Group spokespeople: Councillor Mrs Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382; Councillor Peter Brown (Con) 01609-780240