‘We created a moment in local history’

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A couple from Kimberley created a piece of history when they got married at the DH Lawrence Centre last weekend.

Jill Tomlinson-Hardy and Marcus Tomlinson were the last couple to tie the knot in the historic building, which closed to the public in March.

50-year-old Jill, who has a keen interest in historical buildings and castles, knew she wanted to get married at Durban House in Eastwood – the place where DH Lawrence’s father used to pick up his wages – and said she felt ‘proud’.

“We feel really quite proud that we have created a moment in history in a historical place.

“We wanted to get married there because of the history of the building and the links with Lawrence. It’s beautiful”, she added.

But Jill said her dreams were nearly shattered when she got a phone call to say the ceremony might have to be cancelled because the centre was closing.

“We had a call from the county registrar who said we couldn’t get married there because it would be closed.

“She gave us other options in Mansfield and West Bridgford but I said ‘I don’t want any of those’. We were so disappointed and so deflated.

“Being quite strong headed I emailed our MP and it all got sorted. I was just over the moon.

“They said they are closing in March but they would open the building up especially for our wedding.”

Jill said the day was ‘perfect’.

“It couldn’t have been any better.

“I loved the setting and the staff were also very accommodating. They even let us have my brother’s dog there!

“He wore a purple bow tie to match the bridesmaids dresses and was stood up at the front like a little paige boy.”

The newly weds had a reception at Kettlebrook Lodge and fly to Greece next week.