Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brides-to-Be Can't Wait to Make Marriage History

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brides-to-Be Can't Wait to Make Marriage History

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A COUPLE who will be the first to tie the knot in a same-sex marriage in Greater Manchester have told how they can't wait for the historic ceremony.

Tracey Wild, 35, and Natalie Brophy, 24, will say 'I do' on April 8 at Chadderton Town Hall in front of their friends and family.

They are understood to be the first in the region to be married after a change in the law which comes into effect today.

Until now, same sex couples could only legally be joined in a civil partnership.

Natalie, who works for Imagine, Act and Succeed which supports people with learning difficulties, said the couple have wanted to take the next step for a while.

She said: "I proposed to Tracy at Oldham Pride on stage three years ago. I think we'd only been together three months - I was keen!" Tracey, a warehouse operative in Oldham, was left completely in the dark. She said: "I didn't know anything about it, everyone else did but I didn't."

Other councils in Greater Manchester have seen couples register to wed, but they were not as quick off the mark as Tracey and Natalie in setting a date. …

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