Firefighters tackling a huge blaze at an Oxford hotel saved a couple’s wedding when they salvaged their rings and the bride’s dress from the charred building.
Lauren Halliday and Steven Smith feared they would have to get married in their jeans after they were evacuated from the Randolph Hotel on Friday. The ceremony went ahead at St Edmund Hall in the city.
Eighty guests fled the fire at the 119-bedroom hotel, which featured in TV’s Inspector Morse. No one was hurt.
The extent of the damage to the Grade II listed Victorian building remains unclear but aerial pictures of the scene showed gaps in the roof and exposed beams.
The five-star hotel, run by the Macdonald chain, includes the Morse Bar, named after being used as a frequent setting for many scenes where Morse and Lewis deliberated on complex cases.
Roads were closed around the hotel as fire crews fought to stop the flames spreading, while its staff and guests were evacuated.