THE stunning setting of Williamson Park in Lancaster took centre stage on national TV on Monday night.
The Ashton Memorial was chosen as a wedding venue by producers of Channel Five’s Celebrity Wedding Planners, where well-known personalities take control of a couple’s wedding day, from choosing the flowers and dresses to locating a venue.
They are given a budget of £12,000 and have 21 days to make all the arrangements.
Monday night’s episode saw Pineapple Dance Studios star Louie Spence paired up with Benidorm’s barman Jake Canuso to create a wedding day for a couple from Accrington, in East Lancashire.
John Mills, of the Hanging Basket flower shop in Brock Street, got a call from the show’s producers in early July, but was sworn to secrecy until now. John said: “It’s been really exciting for us. We did the wedding package and the flowers for it.
“We’re really proud, it’s been quite a prestigious job.”
The bride stayed at The Mill at Conder Green, the night before the big day, and the wedding reception was held at a venue in Blackpool.
Liz Stirrup, manager at the Mill at Conder Green said: “It was excellent, we were really happy to be chosen.
“We asked the barman from Benidorm to speak English in his Spanish accent while we were going up in the lift. The bride was really nervous because she didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Coun Ron Sands, Lancaster City Council’s cabinet member for tourism said: “Lancaster City Council receives numerous film enquiries each year and officers are always keen to help find the perfect location as well doing all they can to pave the way for seamless filming.
“BBC1’s five-part series of Turn Back Time is one the council’s most recent success stories in this department.
“Williamson Park has always been a favourite for film makers and with the Ashton Memorial being one of Lancashire’s most popular venues for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, park staff were delighted to meet the producers of Celebrity Wedding Planner earlier this year with a view to the park being chosen.
“It is hoped that the legacy of the programme will be that many other couples seek the beauty and tranquillity of Williamson Park at which to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives.”