By Jan Hunter

THE North of England’s Wedding Awards saw five local companies become winners for outstanding customer service at a Gala Dinner held at York Racecourse.

The awards are held in association with the Wedding Guide UK and they are Yorkshire and the North of England’s most prestigious awards for client service excellence.

The winners were Sarah MacVean, from Northallerton, who won Videographer of the Year, Becca Hunton, also from Northallerton, won the Health and Beauty Award, Ruth Mitchell, from Borrowby, near Thirsk, won Photographer of the Year, Sarah Patterson, from Coochicoo Cards in Darlington, won the Stationary and Favours Award, while for the second year running, Victoria Robson, of Northallerton, won her award for Bridal Gowns and Occasion Wear.

She said: “I am totally honoured to win the best bridal retailer for the second year running.

“I feel so grateful to all the amazing brides who walked through my doors.”

The women were unanimous in their enthusiasm for the work they do, and gratitude to all the clients who voted for them.

“I’m over the moon to receive this award,” said Sarah MacVean.

“Reading the comments from my clients brought me to tears.”