A NEWLY-WED couple were left panicking when plans to celebrate their big day went up in smoke.
Danielle and Stephen Brown tied the knot in a sunshine ceremony in Cyprus earlier this month.
More than 20 family and friends joined them in Cyprus, with around 100 other guests invited to toast the happy couple at a reception at Seaton Carew Social Club tonight.
But their plans were thrown into disarray when an electrical fault in the social club sparked a big blaze last Friday morning, leaving them with just a week to find a new venue to host their big night.
Thankfully, The Schooner, in Seaton Carew, was able to offer its function room for the knees-up, much to Danielle’s relief.
Danielle, 21, who works as in the administration support team at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard about the fire.
“My friend actually scanned the story from the Mail and emailed me it at work.
“I was devastated, and we had people ringing around for us trying to find a venue that could host the party at such short notice.
“Obviously for weddings and functions, people book venues well in advance so it was a big ask trying to find somewhere with just a few days to sort it out.
“I was panicking and really stressed out, but thankfully we managed to sort The Schooner out and we’re really thankful to them for helping us.
“We’d had the club booked for three or four months, and after the wedding in Cyprus this was the next thing for us to look forward to.
“We were really grateful to everyone who came with us to Cyprus to see us get married, and this party is a chance for those who couldn’t get there to celebrate with us. But this time last week, we were worried we might have to cancel it.”
Stephen, 29, a steelworker, and Danielle, who live in Seaton Carew, have been busy on the phone over the last few days trying to make sure all of their guests are aware of the last-minute change to the party.
Danielle added: “We have tried to get in touch with everyone who we invited to tell them about the change of venue. I’d hate to think there’ll be loads of people standing outside Seaton club wondering where everyone is!”
About 30 firefighters tackled last Friday’s blaze at Seaton club, in Station Lane, after smoke was reported coming from the building at 6.40am.
An investigation by Cleveland Fire Brigade revealed it had been caused by a faulty toastie-making machine in the bar.