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