COUNCIL chiefs in Worcester say they are “nearly there” with plans to allow couples to get married at the Guildhall.

The city council wants to boost its income by marketing the historic building as a venue.

It was first put forward one year ago, and since then workers have ploughed efforts into sprucing up the site’s appearance.

Following extensive redecoration work, the only thing left to do is complete lift access to the council chamber to meet disability legislation.

The impressive, new-look Guildhall now boasts a modernised kitchen, new chairs, freshly painted features and 11 restored tables.

Completion is expected over the next few months and marketing material will then be produced to spread the word.

Bosses want it to be one of Worcester’s premier venues for weddings and civil partnerships and for couples who want to renew vows. They are hoping the Guildhall’s history will give it immediate appeal over rivals.

Coun Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for customer service and communications, said: “We are very nearly there with a wedding licence for the Guildhall.

“It’s a work in progress but we are nearly there with it and I hope it really takes off. We are working on a business plan.”

Services are likely take place in the chamber on the first floor just off the grand assembly room – described as “a handsome gallery” by King George III in 1788. The High Street building dates back to 1721.