IT HAS been quite a week for newlyweds Natalie and Karl Smith.
The pair were thrust into the spotlight when The Star told how their dreams of a Sheffield Ski Village reception were destroyed by a blaze which ripped through the complex just days before their wedding.
The new Mr and Mrs Smith, both aged 47, spoke of their devastation in the wake of the huge fire which swept through the centre, forcing them to cancel celebrations.
They tied knot at Gretna Green on Wednesday and had planned a bash at the Vale Road ski village two days later.
Their plight prompted an influx of offers from businesses and venues across the region and, after sifting through the kind offers, the couple selected Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham.
Managers at Magna were touched by the couple’s story and provided the centre and decorations free of charge for more than 100 guests last night.
And the happy groom - a devout Blades fan - is hoping for the icing on the wedding cake when Sheffield United take on Exeter City today.
Karl went easy on the champagne at the reception as he was due to make the trip to watch the Blades battle for automatic promotion, setting off at 8am.
He said: “If Sheffield Wednesday lose and we win, it’ll be the best week of my life.
“Everyone has been brilliant with us and we can’t thank them enough.
“We had cancelled the reception when we heard about the fire - so we’ve had to ring, text and Facebook everyone to say it’s back on!”
n Policing teams have stepped up patrols near the Sheffield Ski Village following two further, small-scale, fires which took place at the complex in the past week.
Officers say they are monitoring the area and working to establish if the incidents were linked as the probe into what caused last Sunday’s blaze continues.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.