Star wedding setting

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Local celebrity Nicola Weeks was invited to cut the ribbon on The Grand Hall in Bromham Road - the newest wedding ceremony venue for Bedford.

The Grand Hall, Bedford

The historic wood-panelled hall with ornate ceiling, was formerly the Bedford Girl’s High School, where Nicola was a pupil. Now an actress and award-winning wedding dress supplier, Nicola was only last week heard on EastEnders. She had been centre stage in professional pantomime and more, before opening George James Bridal in Bedford. Applying her star talents to ‘Service Excellence’, Nicola bagged three awards at the Federation of Small Business Awards, making her the ideal choice to declare The Grand Hall open.

Run by BCS Ltd, the hall is now used by students of the co-ed The Bedford Sixth Form during the week, but after hours and during “school” holidays, The Grand Hall is available for weddings and other family and corporate special events.

Managing Director of BCS Ltd of Andrew Keen said: “We have invested in the facilities here in Bromham Road to restore them to their former glory and make them available to the wider community. The Grand Hall is the latest wedding venue to be licensed in Bedford and we hope it will appeal to people who want a classic setting for a ceremony. The on-site parking in a central location makes it ideal for family and corporate events. We expect it to be a boost to Bedford.”

Nicola said: “It is a privilege to be asked to officially open this fabulous hall which has happy memories for me as former school girl here.”

The Grand Hall - wedding venue in Bedfordshire

A wedding hat trick

Nicola is expanding into larger premises right opposite The Grand Hall at 8-12 Bromham Road. When her shop opens in August she will be offering an even wider range of designer brand dresses for brides and now for bridesmaids - as well as accessories.

“I would hope that The Grand Hall and George James Bridal can work closely together to demonstrate to clients that Bedford has everything a girl could want for a wedding.”

In July’s FSB awards Nicola won the Service Excellence award, the Business Person of the Year Award and the Overall Winner prize. 

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