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Britain’s weeding capital
Every St Valentine’s Day , thousands of people travel to a small village on Scotland’s border with England. Many of them go though mock wedding ceremonies to “renew their marriage vows” The village is GRETNA GREEN and it’s sometimes called Britain’s wedding capital.
Why Gretna Green ?
Gretna’s romantic reputation began 250 years ago. In 1754, English Parliament passed a law banning young people under the age of twenty one to get married without their parents’ permission. In Scotland А man and a women over 16 could get married by declaring themselves husband and wife in front of two witnesses. Gretna Green was the first village on the Scottish side of the border.
Over the Anvil Ceremony was short and simple . The Gretna’s blacksmith “anvil priest” First asked the couple their names and addresses ,then told them to stand up , and asked if they were single and if they were both there of their own free will. On their “yes” answers, he filled out the certificate and proceeded to the heart of the ceremony including a ring on his bride’s left hand, and an admonition, “What God joins together let no man put asunder.” Then he hit the hammer over the anvil and declared the couple man and wife.
Big business Very soon Gretna Green weddings become so popular that the blacksmith could no longer satify the demand on his own and the village had to get more “anvil priests “. They were a colourful set of characters . Many had other occupationt and none of them had any “gualifications” to perform marriages and used Scotland’s marriage law as a way of earning extra money. One of the last «anvil priests»,Richard Rennison, married 5,147 couples in the Blacksmith’s Shop.
Romances live on The laws that brought fame to Gretna Green no longer apply. But its reputation in secure. So many thousands of lovers have married at Gretna Green, that its name and traditions live in all corners of the globe.
Wedding capital now In this small place, at least one couple gets married, on average, every day of the year. Weddings for St Valentine’s Day have to be booked three months in advance.
Couples are welcome from all over the world, so when you decide to get married, why not consider getting married at Gretna Green???
What about you ???
1. Презентация "Свадебная столица Британии" была подготовлена ученицей 11 класса "В" Комаровой Александрой для участия в конкурсе презентаций в рамказ недели Английского языка, традиционно проводящейся в нашем лицее.
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