Peckforton Castle arsonist jailed

Cheshire hotel, wedding, conference and events venue, Peckforton Castle, has reacted following the sentencing of bridegroom Max Kay who set fire to the room where his wedding reception was held at the venue.
 
CN reported last year how the castle suffered the arson attack in the early hours of the 19 June 2011. About 100 firefighters tackled the blaze and almost 120 people, including 13 children, were evacuated. Around 25 per cent of the castle was damaged.
 
Managing Director and owner, Chris Naylor, is looking forward to archiving the event: “We are delighted that a conclusion has finally reached. The last eight months have been extremely tough on myself, my family, the Peckforton Castle team, our brides, grooms,hotel guests and local, wider community,” he said.
 
“We are now finally able to draw a line under the saga and continue to move forward with our business and concentrate on our family. The event is firmly archived in the great history of our wonderful Castle and we are well and truly ready to move on.”
 
Max Kay, 37, of Liverpool, admitted starting the blaze at Peckforton. Chester Crown Court heard that Kay was “massively” drunk and had argued over the bar tab and wider wedding bill. He was sentenced after admitting arson that was reckless as to whether life was endangered.
 
Prosecutors told the court that Kay, of Waylands Drive in Hunts Cross, and his wife had rowed with staff and the owners of the castle earlier in the day over late payment to the venue and then again later in the evening about a bar bill.
 
Kay was jailed for six years.
 
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