Building FireGroom Max Kay, 36, from Liverpool has admitted starting a fire at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire that caused £6m worth of damage.

The fire, which was started at 5am on the 19th June, took 100 firefighters 12 hours to tackle and resulted in almost 200 people, including 11 children being evacuated.

At Chester Crown Court, Kay admitted arson that was reckless as to whether life was endangered, but denied a count of arson with intent to destroy or damage property and to endanger life.

Judge Roger Dutton granted Kay bail but warned that a custodial sentence was “inevitable”.

The 19th Century Grade 1 listed castle is one of Cheshire’s most sought-after wedding venues with wedding packages costing £6,000 or more. It was bought by the current owners in 2005.

Wedding Insurance?

Even if the groom did have a wedding insurance policy, it’s pretty much a certainty that he wouldn’t have been covered under the public liability section of the policy as the fire was started deliberately.

However, public liability cover comes in handy should something accidental happen, like a guest spilling red wine over an expensive carpet or rug, for example.

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Weddingplan
Diamond +
£17,000 £57.84 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Weddingplan
Gold
£10,000 £36.79 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Weddingplan
Silver
£7,000 £26.29 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Debenhams
Gold
£10,000 £59.95 £50 Visit Debenhams »
Debenhams
Emerald
£15,000 £79.93 £50 Visit Debenhams »
Dreamsaver
Gold
£10,000 £37.00 £0 Visit Dreamsaver »
InsureForWeddings
Gold
£10,000 £35.99 £25 Visit InsureForWeddings »
Wedinsure
Tier 3
£10,000 £37.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »
Wedinsure
Tier 2
£7,000 £29.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »
Weddingplan
Diamond
£12,500 £47.32 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Dreamsaver
Amber
£15,000 £57.00 £0 Visit Dreamsaver »
Wedinsure
Tier 4
£12,500 £47.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »
Wedinsure
Tier 5
£17,000 £59.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »

Please see the full comparison table for all levels of cover available from these insurers.

Other couples who were due to be married at the venue in the months after the fire may well have been grateful that they took out a wedding insurance policy. If the venue cancelled their bookings as a result of the damage caused by the fire, they may have been covered under their policy for any additional costs incurred as a result of finding a substitute venue.

Adam Leyton

A little bit about Adam Leyton, founder of CompareWeddingInsurance.org.uk

Adam has been working in the wedding industry since 2006. As a keen advocate of wedding insurance, he launched a comparison website in 2009. See his Google+ profile.