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Celebrating Blackpool’s first gay marriage

Stacey and Amanda Brown made Blackpool history as the first same-sex couple to marry in the resort (Photo by Ashley Barnard Photography)

Stacey and Amanda Brown made Blackpool history as the first same-sex couple to marry in the resort (Photo by Ashley Barnard Photography)

Happy couple Stacey and Amanda Brown have made Blackpool history after being the first same-sex couple to get married in the resort.

The pair, from North Shore, tied the knot in an emotional ceremony at The Tiffany Hotel, Blackpool, on Sunday.

The wedding makes them the first couple in the town to say ‘I do’ since the landmark legislation came in to make same-sex marriages legal in the UK on March 13.

Amanda Brown, nee Shuttleworth, 39, said: “It means a lot to us to be able to be married. It was an amazing day.

“We’re equal now - regardless of two people’s sex, if they love each other they can get married.”

Stacey, 27, added: “It’s that commitment. We’re madly in love and now we’ve got that equality of being married and the stability of it.”

The pair met two years ago while both working at The Elgin Hotel, Blackpool, where Amanda was operations manager and Stacey the housekeeper.

Amanda said: “We got engaged last February, we went for a walk along the beach and I wrote ‘will you marry me?’ in the sand.

“We were down to have a civil partnership but we didn’t realise the law would change so quick so we decided to change and get married.”

The couple married in the promenade hotel’s Crystal Ballroom surrounded by family and friends but said other guests celebrated with them.

Amanda said: “Even little old ladies in the hotel came up to congratulate us.

“I don’t think people saw it as a ‘gay wedding’, people don’t bat an eyelid at it these days, people were just chuffed to bits for us.”

 

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