Greenwich's first gay marriage as Mottingham brides tie the knot

This Is Local London: Carol McCarron, left, and Charlotte Wood, right, celebrated their marriage at Woolwich Town Hall on March 29 Carol McCarron, left, and Charlotte Wood, right, celebrated their marriage at Woolwich Town Hall on March 29

Two Mottingham brides have made history as one of the first gay couples to tie the knot in Britain.

Carol McCarron and Charlotte Wood married at Woolwich Town Hall on Saturday (March 29) - becoming one of the first same-sex couples to wed after the law changed at midnight.

This Is Local London: Woolwich's first gay marriage as Mottingham brides tie the knot

The newly-weds were the first to be married in Greenwich borough and the first to be registered in Britain at around 11am.

Mrs McCarron, who also celebrated her 48th birthday on the day, told News Shopper: “It was such a perfect day.

“She is my best friend, she is my soul mate.

“We made history. It was absolutely brilliant. I was the nervous wreck. She pulled up in her car and I started shaking and crying and I am meant to be like the man.”

This Is Local London: Woolwich's first gay marriage as Mottingham brides tie the knot

The mother-of-four from a previous marriage has been asking Charlotte for her hand in marriage for 17 years but the 36-year-old wanted to wait until the laws changed.

Mrs McCarron, whose best man was her twin brother Paul McCarron, said: “After 17 years, she has agreed. It has been an emotional ride.”

The couple live off Middle Park Avenue together and Charlotte is set to change her surname to McCarron.

This Is Local London: Woolwich's first gay marriage as Mottingham brides tie the knot

The Same-Sex Couples Act came into force last July but it was not until March13 this year when couples were able to register to marry under the Act for the first time.

Rainbow flags were hung all over the country to celebrate the occasion which Prime Minister David Cameron hailed as sending a “powerful message” about equality in Britain.

Mrs McCarron, who works as a team leader at Eltham’s Sainsbury’s, said: “There are still a lot of naïve people out there and people look down at you. I think now this has become legal, it will hopefully change.”

Speaking of the wedding, her best friend Corinne Covington, 34, who lives in Westhorne Avenue, Eltham, said: “I was so over the moon for her. She is a great friend and it was just a joyful day. They looked so beautiful.”

Comments (11)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

concerned.erith says...

Good for them, but why do so many lesbians try to look like men?
Good for them, but why do so many lesbians try to look like men? concerned.erith
  • Score: 37

12:30pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

concerned.erith wrote:
Good for them, but why do so many lesbians try to look like men?
They look and dress how they want. Don't you ?


Congratulations to them both BTW.
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: Good for them, but why do so many lesbians try to look like men?[/p][/quote]They look and dress how they want. Don't you ? Congratulations to them both BTW. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -31

1:02pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Joelo says...

Congratulations. Love is love regardless of who the other person is.
Congratulations. Love is love regardless of who the other person is. Joelo
  • Score: 17

3:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

marc8888 says...

Most people want to look and dress how they want. For me that's a suit for work and jeans outside work, because I'm exciting. But why do lesbians want to look like men? You don't see many gay blokes in dresses. Just an open question, no prejudice....
Most people want to look and dress how they want. For me that's a suit for work and jeans outside work, because I'm exciting. But why do lesbians want to look like men? You don't see many gay blokes in dresses. Just an open question, no prejudice.... marc8888
  • Score: 24

4:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

ron.1952 says...

"You don't see many gay blokes in dresses"

Really ? You must obviously be looking in the wrong places then. Perhaps an evening out with the Ronster would open your eyes dear marc8888.

Best wishes to Carol and Charlotte a beautiful couple.

Ronny xx
"You don't see many gay blokes in dresses" Really ? You must obviously be looking in the wrong places then. Perhaps an evening out with the Ronster would open your eyes dear marc8888. Best wishes to Carol and Charlotte a beautiful couple. Ronny xx ron.1952
  • Score: -25

6:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

mrvincey79 says...

congratulations carol and Charlotte, all the best to you both,
congratulations carol and Charlotte, all the best to you both, mrvincey79
  • Score: 9

10:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

white rabbit9 says...

Well the spirit or consciousness has no female or male features, it is just that consciousness. consciousness will exist in many forms as it just does not care about anything except learning from the experience, life gives us exactly what we need to have an experience as to spiritually evolve.
Everything in life is just an experience.
Well the spirit or consciousness has no female or male features, it is just that consciousness. consciousness will exist in many forms as it just does not care about anything except learning from the experience, life gives us exactly what we need to have an experience as to spiritually evolve. Everything in life is just an experience. white rabbit9
  • Score: 23

2:20am Tue 1 Apr 14

Stop_Whining says...

Yuck.
Yuck. Stop_Whining
  • Score: 48

7:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

Simon bald says...

lol this is the best April fool joke I have seen, clearly one is a fella
lol this is the best April fool joke I have seen, clearly one is a fella Simon bald
  • Score: 24

8:57am Tue 1 Apr 14

Dr. Nick says...

Simon bald wrote:
lol this is the best April fool joke I have seen, clearly one is a fella
Heh, the only April Fool here is you as this was posted on 31st March - reading is always key to understanding. And no, one is not a fella, but you may be a twit.
[quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: lol this is the best April fool joke I have seen, clearly one is a fella[/p][/quote]Heh, the only April Fool here is you as this was posted on 31st March - reading is always key to understanding. And no, one is not a fella, but you may be a twit. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -16

9:00am Tue 1 Apr 14

Dr. Nick says...

Stop_Whining wrote:
Yuck.
2:20am ... Stop 'Arthur' Whining looks in a mirror...
[quote][p][bold]Stop_Whining[/bold] wrote: Yuck.[/p][/quote]2:20am ... Stop 'Arthur' Whining looks in a mirror... Dr. Nick
  • Score: -35

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree