Kettering Crematorium was abandoned as a wedding venue after holding just ONE ceremony in three years.
From June 2018, happy couples could officially marry at the Warren Hill site after the defunct Kettering Borough Council applied for a license for services to be held there.
They raised their eyebrows when they said it was an “ideal” wedding venue, with the bride and groom able to stroll down the aisle to the Edgar Newman Chapel or to a new outdoor pavilion if the weather is nice.
This month, an access to information request by the Northants Telegraph revealed that only one service had been held there since its launch – and when contacted for comment, North Northamptonshire Council admitted it had not renewed the license in 2021 because the use had been so low. The site is no longer on a list of approved sites.
Cllr Clark Mitchell (Lab), who was an opposition councilor when Kettering City Council made the decision, said: ‘Why would you want to get married in a crematorium?
“It was a ridiculous idea and it was doomed.
“I don’t know why they thought it was a good idea in the first place.”
When the move was first announced, some of our readers said they found it ‘disrespectful’ and ‘scary’, while others said it was no different getting married. at the church.
Kettering City Council has promised weddings and funerals will not take place on the same day at the site, which includes the crematorium, woodland area and graveyards.
Announcing the plan, Cllr Ian Jelley, who was the council’s portfolio holder for strategic delivery, said: “It’s a great idea to improve the services we provide to local people, to make better use of the one of our best assets and to earn additional income for the municipal taxpayers of the district.
the Northants Telegraph can reveal the wedding venue made a measly £325 from bookings.
Joelene and Sean Lawrence tied the knot there in June 2019, becoming the only couple to do so. Their big day was filmed as part of UKTV’s ‘Wedding Fixer’.
Weddings have been restricted in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. It is unclear if any at Warren Hill have been canceled due to lockdown restrictions.
Hiring Warren Hill for a wedding was priced at £850. The marketing material, which is still available online, said the price had been dropped to £595 as part of an offer.
The total spent on the project and marketing the venue is also not known.
A spokesman for North Northamptonshire Council was not aware of any plans to renew the license at a later date.
Cllr David Brackenbury, Board Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration, said: ‘The purpose of using the facility was to provide a quality, reasonably priced venue for weddings.
“There were no significant costs to provide this service as all the facilities were already available, and to host weddings only minor refitting of the chapel was required.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions have had a strong impact on the service and all marketing of the place has been interrupted.
“As the venue was not used as intended, the license was not renewed in 2021.”