Ilkeston registrar says her goodbyes

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An Ilkeston registrar is saying goodbye to the job after nearly ten years.

Andrea Garlick started her job at Ilkeston Register Office in April 2006 and is now moving on to a new job as a civil celebrant.

During her time in Ilkeston, Andrea has registered many births and deaths as well as conducting marriage ceremonies, renewal of vows ceremonies and baby-naming ceremonies.

Andrea also covered the Long Eaton district, where a registrar attends at the Town Hall on a Wednesday.

She said: “I have really enjoyed working with the Erewash community and have registered the births of thousands of babies and married hundreds of couples over this period.

“People would say to me “it must be awful having to register deaths”, but I always explained that helping bereaved families through a hard time and making things as easy and straightforward as possible for them is very rewarding and enriching indeed.”

Although she is no longer working as a registrar, Andrea will still be working with local people as a civil celebrant.

A celebrant is someone who prepares and conducts ceremonies, which are a way of publicly marking major life events such as the birth and naming of a child, commitment ceremonies for a couple to mark their relationship without marriage, marriage ceremonies, renewal of vows ceremonies for couples or funeral services to celebrate a life.

Andrea said: “I will be preparing and conducting all the ceremonies that enable us to share our joy or grief with family and friends.”

As a celebrant, Andrea will work closely with those involved to make sure the ceremony is tailored to reflect their personal wishes.

Celebrant-led ceremonies can include both religious and non-religious aspects and are completely flexible as to what can be included with regard to readings and music – and also as to where they take place.

Andrea added: “For example, you could have your wedding at home or outdoors. The legal part must still be done at the register office but the ceremony can be wherever you would like.”

If you would like further information regarding arranging ceremonies, Andrea has a website at

Alternatively, you can contact her by email at

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