The Marriage ceremonies take place in the impressive former council chamber with its beautiful corniced ceilings. The rose coloured seating and turquoise velvet curtains add to the elegance of the room and there are stunning views over the River Forth. The chamber can accommodate 37 guests in addition to the bride, groom and two witnesses.
It also houses Queensferry Museum, upstairs. The Provost’s Room was on the first floor, now part of the Museum. It served both as his office and as a place to receive important visitors to Queensferry. These visitors included Queen Elizabeth II, Russian leaders such as Khrushchev and Bulganin, and other foreign leaders, among them President of Sudan Ferik Ibrahim Abhood and King Olav of Norway.
This building, built in the early 1900’s, was originally the Viewforth Hotel which was a temperance hotel, serving no alcohol.
The temperance movement began in the early 19th century and is a social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages, promoting teetotalism. The temperance movement still exists in many parts of the world, although it is generally less politically influential than it was in the early 20th century. In youth culture, temperance is an important part of the straight edge scene, which also stresses abstinence from other drugs.
Fitzpatrick's Herbal Health in Lancashire, England, is thought to be the last original Temperence Bar. The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop & Temperance Bar opened in Rotherham in 2013.
During World War ll, Olav stood by his father's side in resisting the occupation by Nazi Germany. When the Norwegian government decided to go into exile, he reluctantly followed his father to the United Kingdom.
Olav made several visits to Norwegian and Allied troops in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. In 1944, he was appointed to the post of Norwegian Chief of Defence and after the war he led the Norwegian disarmament of the German occupying forces. His war decorations from other nations, including the War Crosses of Norway, France, Greece and the Netherlands, the US Legion of Merit and the French Medaille Militaire, are testament to the international recognition of his contribution to the war against Hitler.
The building then housed the Council Chambers of the Royal Burgh of Queensferry from 1945 until Queensferry became part of Edinburgh in 1975.