After 35 years, couples can tie the knot at iconic Scunthorpe church once again

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Built in 1890, the Grade II* listed former St John’s Church will host wedding ceremonies again from April after being licensed as part of 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

The church last held wedding ceremonies in 1983, before closing its doors a year later. The late Victorian Gothic Revival-style church was brought back into use in 2000 when work began on the modern extension that would turn the building into an art gallery.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre opened in 2001 and since then has offered visitors a regular and exciting programme of exhibitions, events and activities; bringing arts and culture to the local community.

Couples can choose to have their civil ceremony in a number of rooms at the centre, including the main Nave space of the church; the Chancel area; the bell tower; and the Education Room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sculpture Garden and Rose Window.

Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member responsible for culture on North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Visitors to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre often comment on the beauty of the building, and are glad to see that the old church is still in use, so it makes perfect sense to open the space up to wedding ceremonies once again.”