Wedding campaign gathers pace

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THE CAMPAIGN to allow wedding ceremonies to resume at Arbroath Abbey is growing.

The Arbroath Abbey Action Group, along with local MSP Graeme Dey, have taken forward the case for couples who want to exchange their vows at the historic landmark.

And lending their support to the campaign on the Arbroath Herald Facebook page are couples who have tied the knot at the Abbey in the past and would like to see others be allowed to have the same backdrop to their special day.

Christine Beattie Gunning wrote that she was married at Arbroath Abbey in 1998, despite the rain and gale force winds on the wedding day, and added the staff there were amazing.

Gary Martin said that he married his wife, Lindsay, at the Abbey in 1992 and thought it was a great venue.

He explained: “It was meant to be outside but was too windy so we used the Gatehouse Range, which is a really atmospheric part of the building.

“It was made easier at the time as my mother in law was one of the custodians. Hope others get the chance to use this great venue.”

Irene Reid also backed the campaign and shared her experiences.

She said: “We got married there in April 1999 in the Gatehouse.

“We had to organise everything ourselves, including seats for our 100 guests.

“It is a fabulous location for a wedding venue.

“My sister got married there too, outside at the top of the cross. A lone piper led her. It was amazing!”

It was revealed by the Herald last month that weddings were no longer taking place at the Abbey.

However, as reported last week, Abbey custodians Historic Scotland have said ceremonies could resume if demand increases.