A Penryn-born bride had the venue of her dreams last weekend, when Penryn Town Hall played host to its first ever wedding.

Esther Lochrie and Lee Warren were married on Saturday, almost a year to the day since they convinced Penryn town council to pursue the idea of a wedding licence for the hall.

The couple, who now live in London, attended a council meeting last September where Esther said she “was actually surprised to hear” that the “beautiful old building” didn’t already hold weddings.

Pete Lochrie, Esther’s father and owner of Swanpool Beach Complex was there on the happy day.

He said: “The town hall is a brilliant venue, it’s small enough to be intimate and atmospheric and it has beautiful architecture.

There’s a stage where magistrates used to sit and the registrar performs the ceremony on there. You can see every nuance, every touch, every smile and that makes it really special.”

“It’s a very special place for a wedding - and they have given the council a business idea now.”

Penryn mayor Gill Grant told councillors at a meeting this week that the wedding had been a great success.

She said: “It just went superbly. I was very pleased with it all.”

Finished in 1839, Penryn’s town hall is a grade II* listed building built from locally sourced granite. It is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the area.

Bookings require a non-returnable deposit of £150, with the balance to be paid seven days before the day. Only non-religious ceremonies can be performed.

For more information, or to book the hall, visit www.penryntowncouncil.co.uk or contact the office on 373086.