Crathorne Hall fire: Weddings at Yarm hotel cancelled

Crathorne Hall fire Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Fire officer Dave Dryburn said roof fires were some of the worst "because everything in there is designed to keep water out and we're trying to get water in".

Two weddings due to be held at a Grade II listed hotel badly damaged in a fire have had to be cancelled.

The blaze started in the east wing roof of Crathorne Hall in Yarm, Teesside, on Wednesday. It took 100 firefighters to stop it spreading.

The hotel said it was trying to find alternative accommodation for guests and wedding parties.

Jonathan Cook and Kathryn Plant, who planned to marry on Friday, said the response had been "heart-warming".

The couple had received "countless" offers of help from churches, venues, wedding planners and the public, Mr Cook said.

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Image caption The fire started in the roof of Crathorne Hall's east wing

Hotel bosses are still assessing the damage and do not know whether other weddings and events will have to be cancelled.

Firefighters believe it could take several days to clear the site.

Mr Cook said he and his fiancée just had to get on with wedding preparations while the hotel was burning.

"What else can you do?" he said. "There was no point going to Crathorne because I didn't have a big fire engine, whereas the other guys did."

The couple have identified a church and alternative reception venue and are hopeful they can re-arrange the marriage ceremony in time.

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