Couple continues tradition with wedding in historic Heights Chapel

A LOCAL couple tied the knot at the historic Heights Chapel in Delph after being granted special permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Tom Braithwaite, from Delph, and Emma Braithwaite (nee Williams) were married by the Rev John Rosedale on Saturday, October 19 in front of about 100 close family and friends.Opened in 1768, St Thomas’, better known as Heights Chapel, closed in 1963 but permission was granted for the service after proving that several members of the groom’s mother’s family were married and christened in the church since the 1700s.

Friezland Brass Band performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride walked down the aisle, hymns Autumn Days and Lord of the Dance, and a rendition of Shallow from the film A Star is Born.

Bridesmaids Briony Armstrong and Tiree Kirk carried out readings, a self-written poem and an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin respectively, with groomsman Jack Williams reading ‘We’ll go again a-Roaming’ by local poet Ammon Wrigley from the 1938 edition of Songs of the Pennine Hills.The wedding reception took place at Standedge Tunnel Visitors’ Centre in Marsden.

Jack, brother of the bride, said: “The church was a wonderful venue and unique due to the circumstances surrounding its use for wedding services. I believe it took some time to gain the required clearance but it was certainly worth it.

“Friezland Brass Band’s performances were fantastic and really helped to make it a special day.”

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