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Firefighters have been on hand to ensure couples’ happiest days go off without hitch during bad weather.

And now Northumberland County Council have been awarded a national award for exemplary partnership working between its registrars’ service and fire and rescue service.

Northumberland County Council and the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have won an award for working in partnership with each other during the winter weather.  The registrar Colleen Anderson is with Coun Val Tyler, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Paul Hedley and Vicki Smith as the bride. GM013932

Northumberland County Council and the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have won an award for working in partnership with each other during the winter weather. The registrar Colleen Anderson is with Coun Val Tyler, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Paul Hedley and Vicki Smith as the bride. GM013932

The a accolade, from the Local Registration Services Association’s (LRSA) Quality Service Awards, comes after the services were able to work together during the snow in 2011.

Deputy chief fire officer Paul Hedley said: “There were some potential problems with the registrars service being able to conduct weddings which had been booked in the county.

“We had a rather unusual series of requests in trying to assist the local registrars to get to the wedding venues to make sure that everybody’s happiest day could go off with a smile.

“We provided volunteer personnel and four-by-four vehicles to take the registrars to each of the wedding venues, including Holy Island, which was a rather unusual request but one that we were happy to accommodate and assist with.”

The award also recognised Northumberland County Council’s work on the A Marriage made in Northumberland marketing campaign, which has helped to boost weddings by 13 per cent in the last year.