AN iconic church will once again be available for weddings.
Normanton Church on the banks of Rutland Water hosted its last wedding in 1954 as St Matthew at Normanton, well before the reservoir was built in the 1970s.
When Rutland Water was created a campaign by Rutland residents saved the church, although alterations were made to it to save it from the rising waters.
Owners Anglian Water now want to restore it to its former glory and have been granted a licence to hold civil ceremonies there. It currently serves as a tourist information centre and museum.
Anglian Water’s visitor services manager Kevin Appleton said: “This brings the church back to life. It has been deconsecrated but people will now be able to have a former church as the venue for their wedding, even if they don’t want the full church ceremony.
“At the moment the museum gets a lot of visitors and so it will stay open and most of the artefacts will remain inside.”
The price for having your wedding at Normanton Church will be £500 throughout 2011 and the team hope to have the venue up and running by March after spending the winter on renovations.