Mel and Aidan Hainsworth
Mel and Aidan Hainsworth

Dream weddings have been left in tatters following the sudden closure of one of Spen’s most iconic venues.

Cleckheaton’s Whitcliffe Hotel closed without warning on Saturday, leaving couples who had planned their weddings there facing a frantic search for alternative venues.

The Whitcliffe Hotel, Cleckheaton has shut down

The Whitcliffe Hotel, Cleckheaton has shut down

Mel and Aidan Hainsworth were due to be married at the hotel on March 22, and as well as losing the venue, they may have also lost their £500 deposit.

Mel said: “I was close to tears when I found out. It is now a race against time to find another venue.

“Because we will probably lose our deposit, we have cancelled our honeymoon until next year – I am so upset, because we have never been on holiday on our own.”

Daniel Lawford and Jodie Wood had booked their wedding at the hotel on August 16 – and fear they have lost £1,200.

Daniel said: “We were so angry – my partner was in tears.

“I want the owners to know how disappointed and upset all the couples who booked with them are.”

Letters from administrators Rushton Insolvency confirmed the hotel had gone into liquidation and it was unlikely they would get their deposits back.

Aidan, who has family coming to the wedding from as far as Newcastle, said: “It came as a complete shock to both of us.

“When we first went to look around the venue, it seemed like it was perfect and had everything we needed – so we are really disappointed.

“I was really angry and we have been rushing around looking for another venue ever since.”

Emma Bairstow and Jason Miller booked their wedding at the hotel last May, and are due to be married this summer.

Emma said: “We found out through friends that the hotel had closed down – there was no phonecall from the hotel to warn us.

“We have now had to start from scratch with planning our wedding.

“I feel angry and upset especially so close to the wedding date.”

Each couple has said they have since been offered wedding packages by other venues in the area.

Nobody from the hotel was available for a comment, but a statement on its website read: “We are sorry but The Whitcliffe Hotel is closing for business from the 4th January 2014.

“We should like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests who visited the hotel while we have been here.

“Your custom has been greatly appreciated.”

Rushton’s Insolvency was unavailable for a comment.