First Marriage at New Downshire Civic Centre


AS Newcastle couple Valerie and Lenny Galloway became the first to be married at the new Downshire Civic Centre, there was a double celebration in the air.

The wedding took place on Friday 5 October and the rain even held back to allow the newlyweds an opportunity to gather a few photographs in the picturesque garden adjacent to the Centre.

Mr and Mrs Leonard and Valerie Galloway pictured after their wedding at the new Downshire Civic Centre in Downpatrick with Registrar Helen Matthews.

Newlywed Valerie Galloway said: “Being the first wedding made it an extra special occasion for us. It was a real privilege to be the first couple to hold our wedding in the lovely new Binnian Suite.”

Registrar Helen Matthews added: “I was delighted to be able to congratulate the first couple to be married in the Downshire Civic Centre. It is certainly a red-letter day for Mr and Mrs Galloway and is another milestone for our fantastic new building.”

Marie Ward, Group Chief BuildingControl Officer who led the development project for the new Civic Centre, said: “We have been passionate about every detail of our new Ceremony Room.

“In the Binnian Suite we have created an environment which will help couples feel special and relaxed to enjoy their ceremony. We even encourage the wedding party to have a rehearsal beforehand to make sure they know where to stand, what order to come down the aisle, and how fast to walk. We anticipate that the venue will be very popular.”

For further information about getting married and civil ceremonies at the Downshire Civic Centre, telephone 028 44 610800 and ask for the Registrar’s Office.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Leonard and Valerie Galloway from Newcastle who were married at the Downshire Civic Centre in Downpatrick.



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