Chesterfield Register Office has moved from New Beetwell Street into Chesterfield Town Hall - and has welcomed the first families to register the births of their babies.
The new venue offers improved facilities and a greater choice of rooms for weddings and civil partnerships.
It is also much larger and includes separate waiting areas for people who are registering a birth to those who are registering a death.
There are several rooms of different sizes to choose from for weddings, civil partnerships, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies all of which are newly refurbished, while there are attractive areas inside and outside for photographs.
The new office also has a parent and baby room
Councillor Carol Hart, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities, said: “The register office has been in New Beetwell Street for over 40 years but wasn’t giving us the opportunity to offer the sort of services we want to.“Our new office is in the Town Hall, and will be a much better place to visit to register a birth or death, celebrate getting married or a civil partnership.”
The new register office gives more space for the historic registers containing entries of all the births, deaths and marriages in Derbyshire since 1837
The Register Office opening hours remain the same, Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm - although the telephone number has changed to 01629 533110, 01629-533111 or 01629-53112.