Fleetwood MP in nod to port on wedding day

Fleetwood MP Cat Smith married her partner of 11 years '“ with the help of one of the port's finest products.

Tuesday, 6th September 2016, 10:55 am
Updated Monday, 12th September 2016, 5:14 pm
Cat and husband Ben Soffa. Photo credit: Nick Dagger Photography
Cat and husband Ben Soffa. Photo credit: Nick Dagger Photography

Fleetwood MP Ms Smith and Ben Soffa were joined by around 80 guests, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, at their civil wedding on Friday at the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster.

It was followed by a reception at the Lancaster House Hotel in Ellel.

The couple started dating in 2005, with a first date at Lancaster’s Pizza Margherita followed by a trip to the Duke’s Cinema in the town.

In 2015, on the tenth anniversary of their first date, they returned to the same restaurant, where they got engaged.

Since then Ms Smith has been elected as the MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

At their reception the couple served a wedding breakfast from a locally-sourced menu including Fleetwood fish battered in Lancaster Brewery ale and Cartmel sticky toffee pudding.

Ms Smith, who will not be changing her name, and Mr Soffa said: “We are delighted so many of our friends and family could join us on this special day to wish us well.

“We are planning on beginning our married life with a short honeymoon to Scotland before returning to Lancaster together.”