A BRIDE-TO-BE has made history – by being the first to hold her hen party in Chester Cathedral.
Hannah Lloyd, 28, of Blacon, had always wanted to climb the 216 steps to check out the panoramic view from the top of the tower.
So when she announced she was tying the knot, pal Anne Cody pulled a few strings with her employers, the Diocese of Chester, and secured permission for the party.
The Leader spoke to a surprised Hannah just moments before she led her gaggle of girls up the spiral staircases.
She said: “It’s a complete shock. It’s very exciting and something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
“It feels great to be the first hen party in the cathedral.”
Anne, 36, of Vicars Cross, added: “We wanted to do something memorable as part of the pre-wedding celebrations so we thought rather than just go round the pubs, we would raise our sights a little – so the Cathedral at Heights tour seemed perfect.”
After the cathedral tour, the girls were off to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Rooms before enjoying a few drinks in the city’s bars.
Hannah will marry fiancé Paul Jones on Saturday, September 27, at Sandiway.
“I’m pretty sure he won’t be going to church on his stag ‘do’,” she said.
Amie Williams, spokesman for Chester Cathedral, said: “We were delighted to welcome out first hen do to the cathedral and make a bit of history.
“Our ethos of Benedictine hospitality means we welcome all kinds of groups.
“We had to insist on a ‘no alcohol’ policy at the top of the tower.”