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Record number of Gretna weddings set for Hogmanay

Couple tie the knot at Gretna Green. Credit: PA

New Year's Eve will see a record number of couples tying the knot in the Gretna area.

In total, 59 ceremonies are being held across the Dumfries and Galloway town which is internationally renowned for weddings.

It's the highest number recorded since the Registration Office opened in Central Avenue in September 1991.

Hogmanay is second only to St Valentine's Day for winter weddings in the town. Gretna Green consistently sees a 12% share of all ceremonies in Scotland, which is more than the Edinburgh or Glasgow local authority areas put together.

Couple tie the knot on Valentine's Day. Credit: PA

Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of Communities Committee said: "Gretna and Gretna Green is a wonderful place to be married and couples love the tradition and romance associated with being married here."

Councillor John Martin, Vice Chairman of Communities Committee said: "Gretna and Gretna Green in Dumfries and Galloway is possibly the most romantic place in Scotland with couples choosing to be married here.

"Our small Scottish town is synonymous with romance and weddings. Hogmanay is one of our busier days during the winter months second only to St Valentines Day."

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The town became a destination for young lovers after the Marriage Act was passed in 1754 in England, which outlawed marriages without parental consent if either party was under 21.

Later a tradition developed of couples travelling over the border to Scotland, which had more lenient laws.

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