COUPLES who tied the know at a much-loved registry office are being asked to share their fond memories to help celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Yeomanry House on Castle Hill first became a wedding venue in 1968 and the Grade II listed site has seen thousands of ceremonies over the last five decades.

Demand for the popular venue surged this year after it was revealed Reading Town Hall would take over duties, with birth and and death registration moving to the Civic Offices.

A community open day will be held on April 21 and residents are invited to submit their best stories of Yeomanry House before it closes its doors for the final time.

Councillor Sarah Hacker, lead member for Consumer Services, said: “Yeomanry House has seen thousands of ceremonies in Reading over the years and as a result, is very special to many families.

"We would love to hear some of these special memories and see any photos from the events that have taken place.

"Yeomanry House will open its doors in April giving Reading’s community a chance to celebrate the history of the building and say goodbye to this location before it moves later this year.

“Yeomanry House is still open for business as usual until early November 2018, so I would also encourage couples to seize the day for their wedding and register as soon as they can before the move to a new location in December.

"It is also a lovely place for renewing your vows or for baby naming ceremonies.”

If you would like to contribute to the open day display, send in copies of photos, along with a short description of the event to: or post your entry to: 'Open Day Event, Reading Register Office, Yeomanry House, Reading, RG1 7TA.