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Wetheral couples renew their wedding vows

After Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria were named the most romantic places in the country last week, many couples have been renewing their wedding vows as part of national marriage week.

'The Big Promise' hopes to see a record number of people renewing their vows at one time.

Eight couples attended Wetheral Church in Cumbria this weekend to pledge themselves to each other all over again.


Lockerbie couple receive royal seal of approval

A couple from Lockerbie who are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, are being presented with a royal message of congratulations.

94-year-old David Callander and his 91-year-old wife Helen, will be presented with the message from HM Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, Mrs Jean Tulloch, on behalf of her Majesty the Queen.

David, who was a farm worker, and Helen, who worked in munitions, met at a dance and have been dancing ever since.

Carriage driver in a 'serious but stable' condition

The mangled carriage at the scene of the accident Credit: Brian Sherman

The driver of a bridal horse carriage that was involved in a crash with a car, is in a 'serious but stable condition' in hospital.

Simon Millar and his daughter Hannah, were driving the bride and her father to the wedding when the accident happened.

Mr Millar is in intensive care at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and his daughter is due to be discharged today.

The bride, Donna Pennycook, was released from hospital in time to make her wedding, but her father, Lawrence Pennycook, remains in hospital with injuries not thought to be serious.

The accident happened just after 2pm on Saturday (December 1st), at the entrance to Mabie House Hotel on the New Abbey Road, near Dumfries.

The groom was not involved in the accident.

The horses were treated for minor injuries.


Wedding capital challenged

Traditional anvil at Gretna Credit: ITV Border

A Borders Blacksmith hopes to challenge Gretna as the wedding capital of the UK.

John Falla from Bonchester Bridge near Hawick is marking the centenary of his business by opening it up as a wedding venue.

It was established in 1911 by John's grandfather, and still has the original anvil.

Gretna Green, which is 45 minutes away, hosts around 5,000 weddings a year.