Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council


THE NEW register offices in Whitby and Scarborough have been a hit with couples. Latest figures released by North Yorkshire County Council show that more and more couples are coming to the towns new register offices to get married.

The number of weddings at the Scarborough office has increased by 18% since it was opened, and in the first 3 months of opening, Whitby office held 25% more weddings than the same time last year.

These increases follow on from the opening of new offices in Scarborough in August 2000 and of a brand new purpose built office in Whitby in August 2002. The new offices have been specially designed to offer the highest standards of facilities for couples and their guests such as video facilities built into the wedding rooms, photograph areas, better waiting facilities for guests as well as a room specially reserved for the bride prior to the ceremony.

County Councillor John Dennis, executive member with responsibility for the registration service, said: “This is excellent news and shows that our policy of making North Yorkshire ‘the place to get married’ is working. Extra weddings mean extra business for local traders and we are keen to play our part in boosting the economy of the area. These offices were a substantial investment by the county council and it is very pleasing to see that investment being repaid ”

Couples looking for more information on getting married in North Yorkshire should visit the official weddings web site at

Contact: Robin Mair on 1609 766409

Executive member: Councillor John Dennis (Con) 01609-883349

Group spokespeople: Councillor Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382; Councillor Steve Shaw-Wright (Lab) on 01757-708849