Redditch woman first to marry under same-sex law

By Ian Dipple Thursday 27 March 2014 Updated: 27/03 18:16

A WOMAN from Redditch and her partner will become the first to tie the knot in Warwickshire under the new gay marriage law.

Melanie Elvins 32 and Kate Barber, 37 and from Ellesmere Port, will be joined together at Alveston Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday (March 29) in front of more than 100 guests.

Warwickshire County Council’s Registration Service will officiate over the ceremony on the first day same-sex marriages are allowed following a vote in Parliament last year.

The couple met six years ago at Butlins and are hoping for a rollercoaster free marriage.

Melanie said: "It will be six years to the day since we first got together on Saturday. We met at Butlins where we were both working, Kate was working in Burger King and I worked on the funfair.

"We’ve been engaged now for two and a half years, so really the change in the law, and the fact that we are getting married on the first day of the new law, is a very happy coincidence.

"Kate has always wanted to get married and it’s great she gets to have her big day. The only thing is that she’s sticking me in a frock, so that’s probably the thing I am most nervous about."

Coun Colin Hayfield, responsible for customers on the council, said: "Congratulations to Melanie and Kate for Saturday, the first of many such happy unions in Warwickshire."

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