How Lord Byron’s wedding anniversary is helping boost tourism

mARRIAGE SETTING: Seaham Hall, where Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke married in January 1815, and, below, Lord Byron.
mARRIAGE SETTING: Seaham Hall, where Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke married in January 1815, and, below, Lord Byron.
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A TOWN is helping to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the date one of its most famous visitors got married.

Today marks the milestone since poet and world traveller Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall in a union which barely lasted a year due to Lord Byron’s hedonistic behaviour and rumours of adultery.

SEAHAM LINK: Lord Byron.

SEAHAM LINK: Lord Byron.

Town leaders in Seaham have been working on plans to celebrate his links and hope tourists and fans will be drawn into visiting as more is made of his time in the area.

Seaham Town Council has made a video through its YouTube channel to recognise today’s relevance.

Deputy town clerk Paul Fletcher said: “It is often said that he didn’t like Seaham, where he got married and where he stayed briefly with his new in-laws. However, new research by The Newstead Abbey Byron Society and the Irish Byron Society suggests that he did like Seaham and also warmed to his father in-law.”

The council, along with the society, has launched a competition to win a new book about Byron. For more details, email clerk@seaham.gov.uk.