Special wedding at the Venue

Ruth Foulkes and Barry Woods who will marry at Belong Atherton this month
Ruth Foulkes and Barry Woods who will marry at Belong Atherton this month

A Wigan care home is to host its first ever wedding this month so the mother of the bride can be there.

Belong Atherton, on Mealhouse Lane, is hosting the inaugural ceremony for local couple Ruth Foulkes and Barry Woods on Wednesday, June 20.

The reason behind their choice of location is so that resident, and Ruth’s mum, 83-year-old Kathleen Foulkes, can attend.

Ruth and Barry, who have been together for 12 years, travelled the world looking for the right place to get married, almost settling on a holiday resort in South Africa and a yacht in Bermuda, before choosing function room The Venue at Belong Atherton.

Bride-to-be, Ruth Foulkes, said: “My mum’s mobility isn’t what it used to be, and when she said she wouldn’t be able to make a wedding we’ve been planning in Wales, I knew moving the celebration to the Leigh area would be the only way she could attend.

“After exhausting the limited options in the area, I came across The Venue at Belong Atherton. It was exactly what we wanted, stylish yet relaxed and literally on mum’s doorstep.”

The Venue is one of a number of modern function rooms and facilities in Belong Atherton’s village centre, open both to village residents and members of the wider community.

Belong Atherton General Manager, Julie Washington, added: “When Ruth explained the great lengths she was going to so that her mum could be involved in the wedding, we were more than happy to apply for a marriage licence for The Venue.

“It’s a privilege to be part of any couple’s big day, but having one of our residents, Kathleen, involved as mother-of-the-bride makes the occasion all the more special.”

A total of 30 guests will join Ruth and Barry on their big day, and after attending the couple’s intimate civil ceremony, they will be treated to celebration drinks and sit-down meal created by chefs at Belong Atherton’s Bistro.

The Venue at Belong Atherton became licensed to hold civil ceremonies in March 2012.