Brawl breaks up dream wed­ding

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ACOU­PLE whose wedd ing de­scended into car­nage af­ter po­lice were called have been left ‘heart­bro­ken’ at hav­ing their dream day ru­ined.

Po­lice of­fi­cers were in­jured try­ing to break up a fight at the Hollin Hall Coun­try House Ho­tel in Ker­ridge, Mac­cles­field, on Sun­day.

Up to 10 po­lice cars and a riot van were sent to tackle the fight on the drive­way of the his­toric hall.

Bride Me­lanie Har­ri­son, 32, and groom An­thony Din­gle, from Mac­cles­field, are said to be ‘dev­as­tated’.

It is un­der­stood An­thony and mum-of-three Me­lanie, who is five months preg­nant, had saved for more than a year to hire the Grade II-listed venue for 70 guests.

The cou­ple had not long fin­ished their wed­ding break­fast when the scene un­folded out­side at around 5pm.

The 15 chil­dren at the wed­ding were taken to a back room away from the fight. Of­fi­cers were even­tu­ally forced to shut down the evening do for fears of more trou­ble, mean­ing the new­ly­weds did not get to have their first dance.

An­thony’s mum Bev­erly Din­gle, from Bolling­ton, said: “It had been a dream of a day. The cer­e­mony, the speeches and the meal, were per­fect.

“The staff at Hollin Hall were very pro­fes­sional. But then some­thing hap­pened and the whole do was ru­ined. They didn’t even get to have their first dance. It’s dev­as­tat­ing for them. They are heart­bro­ken.

“A huge con­cern to us is that Me­lanie is five months preg­nant and this has been very stress­ful. It’s very raw still. Some of the fam­ily are talk­ing about putting some money to­gether and or­gan­is­ing some­thing for An­thony and Me­lanie. And I can tell you cer­tain peo­ple won’t be in­vited for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.”

Kris Clay­ton, owner of the ho­tel, said it was the first time a wed­ding had been stopped since he bought the venue seven years ago.

He added: “It’s very sad for the bride and groom.”

‘It is dev­as­tat­ing for them’

●● A riot van and up to 10 po­lice cars had to be called to the Hollin Hall Ho­tel in Bolling­ton

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