Brides asked to dust off their dresses

WOMEN who celebrated their wedding at a picturesque Northumberland stately home are being invited to dust off their dresses for a bridal parade.

Dissington Hall, in Dalton near Ponteland, first opened its doors to couples looking for a unique reception venue in 1992 and, since then, almost 1,000 couples have chosen the Grade II-listed Georgian mansion to celebrate their nuptials.

To mark the anniversary, the venue is preparing to hold a parade of wedding gowns and it is calling on past brides to get in touch.

Gill Brown, who owns the hall with husband Michael and whose own wedding reception was the first to be held there, said: “It’ll be fascinating to see the changes in bridal fashion over the years – from the white, meringue-style confections of the 90s to the streamlined column dresses that started to become popular with the dawn of the new Millennium.

“It’ll also be lovely to see our former brides again. We’ve kept in touch with many of them and we’d love to get as many as possible here for the parade.”

The procession will take place on Sunday, May 20, and those who attend will be welcomed with champagne and chocolate strawberries.

Before then, on Sunday, April 8, couples past and present or those planning their wedding can enjoy pre-booked tours of the historic property.

For details ring 01661 886063 or email