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Broke venue crashes couple’s dream wedding

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

By MARK MCKAY

05/02/13 The Craythorne - The Craythorne, Rolleston
Craythorne Golf Club - Under New Management

05/02/13 The Craythorne - The Craythorne, Rolleston Craythorne Golf Club - Under New Management

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AN engaged couple have had their wedding plans thrown into chaos after their reception venue went into administration.

Loved-up Mark Pawley and Laura Nixon have been planning their dream wedding for months.

The couple, who had been friends for more than ten years, started planning their wedding after Mark popped the question last year to Laura, 29, who works as a bar maid.

Invitations had been written and the wedding date set for July 27 at St. Laurence’s Church, in Walton on Trent.

But their plans were torpedoed on Tuesday after their reception venue at The Craythorne, in Craythorne Road, Rolleston, went into administration.

The revelations come a day after the Mail revealed the golf course at the site will close at the end of March.

Mark, a 38-year-old builder, of Blackpool Street, Burton, said: “I feel gutted.

“It’s going to be really hard to get another venue now.

“We are thinking of cancelling the date at the church because everywhere for a venue is booked up.

“There’s no way on earth we can get a reception venue by July.

“We just want to get married but it might take another year.

“We have tried getting the Guild Hall and we managed to get here but now we will have to start all over again.

Mark said he has had to take time off work to while he attempted to contact the venue’s owner.

He said:” I want to find out what is going on.

“I would have thought they would be on the phone telling people what had happened and reassuring them.

“I have been through every single extension on the phone trying to get through.

“They said when I booked it I might hear rumours about the place closing but they told us not to worry about that.”

Andy Knight who runs the restaurant and function facilities at The Craythorne had not responded to a request for a comment by the time of going to press.

Craythorne site owner’s statement:

THE site owners at The Craythorne golf club have distanced themselves from the closure of the restaurant and function facilities.

Matthew Wright, director of R Peach and Co, said in a statement: “We would like to point out that The Craythorne business was transferred to Andy Knight in October last year, along with the existing customers on discounted terms. It is his business that has closed.

“R Peach and Co Ltd paid off all suppliers in full before the transfer.

“The driving range will stay open, as will Connors’ hairdressers.”

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