Wedding set to boost trade in Alnwick

Lady Melissa Percy and her fiance Thomas van Straubenzee. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Lady Melissa Percy and her fiance Thomas van Straubenzee. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Businesses are set to benefit when the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s youngest daughter ties the knot later this month.

Lady Melissa Percy, will marry Thomas van Straubenzee, 30, in a wedding made in Alnwick, with the ceremony at St Michael’s Church and the reception at the Percy home, Alnwick Castle, on Saturday, June 22.

The event is expected to attract well-wishers from far and wide which will have a knock-on effect for the town’s businesses.

Local suppliers have been used where possible for the event including Turnbull’s of Alnwick butchers, while taxi firms in the area are also being used for guests.

Alnwick town and county councillor, Gordon Castle, said: “This kind of event can only be a benefit for the town.

“There is no dowside to it, other than having to put up with a little bit of extra traffic for a short time.

“The up-sides of this are very considerable. I very much hope that this helps to put the town on the national map.

“The traders will most definitely benefit as there will be extra footfall in the town and I hope everybody puts on their best front for the weekend.

“I expect it will be extremely well-attended and let’s hope that the weather holds out for them.

“I wish them well and hope it is a successful day.”

The wedding has a guest list of around 500, with rumours that Princes Harry and William have been invited to the big day.

Most accommodation providers in the area are booked up for the weekend as well.

Vice-chairman of Alnwick Chamber of Trade, David Taylor, said: “A high-profile event like this can only be good for Alnwick. The shops and restaurants will welcome a higher footfall and it will help to promote Alnwick and all it has to offer.”

Well-wishers are expected to line the streets between the Castle and St Michael’s Church to get a glimpse of the bride.