WHEN Cheshire’s Peckforton Castle last witnessed a dramatic wedding it was for real – fortunately, this time around it is purely for TV.
The castle was chosen as the location for highly anticipated episodes of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks which culminated in bride Texas Longford (Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove) falling to her death on her wedding day.
The story has gripped soap fans for weeks with wheelchair bound Will weaving a web of lies and deceit in an attempt to make Texas his wife.
The stunning medieval-style castle was the perfect back-drop for the wedding, especially because it is just a short distance from Chester, where the fictional soap is set.
Chris Naylor, managing director of Peckforton Castle, is relieved he’s never dealt with a wedding quite so dramatic as the one shot by Hollyoaks but in truth he did have to cope when groom Max Kay set fire to the venue on his wedding day in June 2011 causing £5.5m damage. Kay was jailed for six years.
Chris said: “When Hollyoaks approached us about being the location for their soap wedding we were happy to help. They were looking for a fairytale venue which would contrast the nightmare action that was to unfold onscreen for Texas.
“We are used to hosting a range of weddings at the castle from premiership footballers to a Star Wars-themed wedding that included Storm Trooper guests!
Chris revealed: “All our team will be tuned into Hollyoaks to find out who murdered Texas as even we were kept in the dark as to who pushed her out of our castle window!”
Built in the 19th century and originally the home of Lord Tollmache, Peckforton hosts about 200 weddings a year and has featured in the 1991 movie Robin Hood starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman and a Coronation Street special.