Tuesday July 15th at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground was special for more than just the welcome victory over Glamorgan in the NatWest T20 Blast. The evening also included a match-up of two lovebirds who came together in holy matrimony in front of a congregation of friends and family.
However, despite the beautiful dress, morning suit, pretty bridesmaids, smiling congregation, confetti and champagne, this wedding wasn’t all that it seemed. It was in fact a very realistic ‘flash mob’ wedding that we staged to show off the venue to potential brides and grooms who are planning their big day.
The club has become a really popular venue for weddings over the years and it’s easy to see why when you consider all we have to offer here. Award winning catering, naturally lit hospitality suites, numerous parking spaces, highly trained staff and Saturday availability, make the home of cricket in Sussex the ideal location for your special day. And yes, we are also licensed to hold civil ceremonies in our historic pavilion.
Special thanks must go to Ozone Weddings in Church Street, Brighton, who supplied all the outfits and made sure our pretend wedding, looked just like the real thing. The bride and groom looked stunning, as did the bridesmaids.
We held a ceremony on the grass in front of the club shop for all the cricket fans to see as they entered the ground, officiated over by an umpire, and then went in front of a packed Herbalife south-west stand where our bride threw bouquets into the crowd – people who caught the flying flowers won tickets to a match of their choice and, who knows, are maybe next in line to tie the knot at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground?!
Because the match was live on Sky all the fun was captured on TV too, so the message went out loud and clear to thousands of viewers at home, and sitting in the ground, that the venue has everything you need to make your special day that bit extra special.
If you are interested in booking your wedding at Hove or if you have another special event in mind, please get in touch with our commercial team who will be pleased to arrange a visit where you can take a tour and see for yourself what we have to offer.
Sussex in action at Horsham
Sussex's Horsham History
Sussex have been going to Horsham for a week of cricket since as far back as 1908.
There have been years since then when there was no game there and this year’s festival, which starts on Monday with a four-day game against Warwickshire and concludes on July 27 when Sussex play Nottinghamshire in the Royal London Cup, only went ahead after an anonymous benefactor stumped up £15,000 to help cover the running costs.
At times the cricket was been breathtaking. Steve Magoffin’s performance last year, when he took 12 for 31 in the two-day win over Somerset, was just the latest in a long line of stellar performances with bat or ball at Cricketfield Road where the wicket and small outfield lends itself to exciting cricket.
It might not be as scenic as Arundel, but the walk from the back of the ground and over the river into Horsham is a stroll always worth taking. To make it you go past the whitewashed cottage in the corner of the ground where Alfred Oakes, who was groundsman at Horsham for 47 years either side of the War, lived. His son Charlie once struck a six into his dad’s own back garden during a match against Surrey.
Horsham tends to produce curious events, as John Boorman’s excellent history book of the festival chronicles. In 1933 local palmist Madam Zelda apologised that she was unable to see all of the clients queuing at her tent.
Boris Karloff was once spotted among the spectators and Field Marshall Montgomery paid a visit to the ground when Sussex played Glamorgan in 1946.
There have some impressive displays of hitting too. The tennis courts at the Town End regularly get peppered but in a Championship match a few years ago Ottis Gibson, the Durham tail-ender, cleared them and the ball landed in the river beyond. A remarkable feat, especially as the great Mushtaq Ahmed was the bowler.
Sussex all-rounder Garth Le Roux once cleared the oak tree at cow corner and, legend has it, his ball landed on the railway that snakes past the ground. It would have to have been some hit but Le Roux, who could certainly tonk the ball a long way, was more than capable.
More than at any time, perhaps, Horsham needs supporting by the Sussex public. Make sure you pay a visit next week to enjoy what is sure to be good cricket and atmospheric and picturesque surroundings.