Cost of ghost hunts and weddings at Smithills Hall ‘must rise’

The Bolton News: Cost of ghost hunts and weddings at Smithills Hall ‘must rise’ Cost of ghost hunts and weddings at Smithills Hall ‘must rise’

GHOST hunts and weddings at Smithills Hall are set to be more expensive from April, as cash-strapped Bolton Council looks to make more money.

Officials are asking council leader Cllr Cliff Morris to approve plans to raise the cost of room hire at the Grade-I listed manor house.

To hire the Great Hall for four hours for a wedding would cost £950 instead of £900, or £700 for two hours.

Meanwhile, paranormal hunting for six hours in the haunted grounds would cost £650 from April, compared with £624.

In his report, Steve Arnfield, the council’s deputy chief executive, said the price rise would standardise the pricing structure for the council’s properties across the borough, including the central library and museum. He added: “As we have not amended our wedding charges since 2009, we have carried out a review of wedding hire charges in the region.

“The majority of other venues charge more than us, so we will increase our hire charges, but we will remove the advertised charge for eight hours hire as this has not proved useful to customers.”

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12:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

The Righteous One says...

Where are all the Council Tax moaners, with regards to this report?????

Again if the didn't rise the price on this, what would be cut to help the museum to survive - or would you want it to get closed and sold off for housing development?
Where are all the Council Tax moaners, with regards to this report????? Again if the didn't rise the price on this, what would be cut to help the museum to survive - or would you want it to get closed and sold off for housing development? The Righteous One
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4:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

Sounds like it's time for a ghost video??
Sounds like it's time for a ghost video?? Boltonresident2012
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5:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

The Ghosts Need A Rise.
The Ghosts Need A Rise. Gore Seer
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9:05pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Taking a rise out of people with more money than sense...........?

Don't NEED ghosts.

Don't NEED weddings.

Tough!
Taking a rise out of people with more money than sense...........? Don't NEED ghosts. Don't NEED weddings. Tough! Puffin-Billy
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