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Floods, delays and even a broken arm: no match for Valentines love

Preparations are underway in time for the wedding this afternoon Credit: ITV News Border

A couple due to get married at Gretna Green today, on Valentine's Day, have overcome setback after setback to arrive in Dumfries and Galloway in time for their big day.Jo King and Chris Watts from Buckingham faced train delays due to flooding in the South of England.

Chris Watts and Jo King have finally reached Gretna in time for their wedding Credit: ITV News Border

They then missed a connecting train to Gretna, and had to get a taxi to their hotel in time to pick up their marriage paperwork.Bride-to-be Jo fractured her elbow whilst out walking her dog last week, and is now wearing a sling.

Chris and Jo will get married later this afternoon Credit: ITV News Border

It all began last Valentine's Day when the couple got engaged, but they were both so ill they couldn't even make it out for dinner together.

Jo says "Last Wednesday, I just thought it wasn't going to happen. But Chris was adamant that we were going to be in Gretna Green on Valentine's Day for our wedding, and said he would drive all night if he had to! I have a special bling sling for my arm to make it blend in a bit more!"

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Couple finally make it to Gretna Green

Chris and Jo have finally made it to Gretna Green Credit: ITV News Border

A couple have finally made it to Gretna Green after days of bad luck.

Chris Watts and wife-to-be Jo have been trying to get to Gretna from Buckingham so they could get married today, Valentine's Day.

But, they've been hindered by bad-luck along the way. Jo broke her arm two days ago and they've been struggling with flooding at home and the consequences of the bad weather whilst trying to travel north for their big day.

They've managed it, with a bit of help from good samaritans along the way.

Top tourist rating for Famous Blacksmiths Shop

It is the most popular wedding destination in the UK and it is about to celebrate its 300th anniversary.

Now the Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green has also joined one of Scotland's most exclusive clubs.

The centre has been awarded official Five Star Visitor Attraction Status by VisitScotland.

It joins other notable members such as the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith and the Glasgow Science Museum.

Andy Burn reports:

Blacksmiths shop joins exclusive club

The Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green has joined one of Scotland's most exclusive clubs.

The UK's most popular wedding destination has been awarded a five star visitor attraction status putting it alongside other notable venues such as the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Glasgow Science Museum.

VisitScotland, who today handed over a plaque to commemorate the award, say only ten percent of visitor attractions reach the prestigious five stars.

Paula McDonald is the Regional Director for VisitScotland:

Blacksmiths shop gets hitched to tourism royalty

The Gretna Green marriage anvil Credit: ITV News Border

Five Star Visitor Attraction status is being bestowed upon the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmith Shop.

The 300-year-old attraction is now officially in the same league as the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith and the Glasgow Science Museum.

Visit Scotland is handing over a plaque to the shop, which attracts 750,000 visitors every year.

Only ten percent of visitor attractions graded under the scheme achieve the prestigious five star award.

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