Newlyweds make history at Southend pier

Echo: Ian and Emma Barnes Ian and Emma Barnes

A HAPPY couple have made history at the weekend by being the first people to get married on Southend’s iconic pier.


Even a bitterly cold wind on Saturday afternoon couldn’t spoil the romance as Ian and Emma Barnes, from Southend, got married at the pier’s Cultural Centre.


The centre recently got a licence to hold marriage ceremonies and when the couple found out they knew that the mile-long pier was the perfect location for them to tie the knot.


Care assistant Emma, 24, said: “We had our first date and kiss on the pier when it was an absolutely lovely day in the summer.


“It was very, very romantic.


“It’s been such a lovely day and it has all come together so well. I can’t wait to tell the grandkids that we were the first to get married at the pier.”
 

The newlyweds have been together for more than a year and are now looking forward to moving into their new home and going on their honeymoon.


Paratrooper Ian, 22, said: “I’m still a little bit shook up. It hasn’t sunk in yet.
 

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7:46am Tue 26 Feb 13

SARFENDMAN says...

Bless 'em, good to see and nice pic. Hope they and their guests thawed out after that chilly train trip.
Bless 'em, good to see and nice pic. Hope they and their guests thawed out after that chilly train trip. SARFENDMAN
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11:55am Tue 26 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

best wishes to the happy couple for a long and happy marriage
best wishes to the happy couple for a long and happy marriage Cosmo Spring
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11:22pm Tue 26 Feb 13

jayman says...

now the state owes this man two debts of gratitude.

one for serving his country in the face of peril and another for getting married in a glass shed on a mile and three quarters of raised structure over a tidal sewer..
now the state owes this man two debts of gratitude. one for serving his country in the face of peril and another for getting married in a glass shed on a mile and three quarters of raised structure over a tidal sewer.. jayman
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9:36am Wed 27 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
Bless 'em, good to see and nice pic. Hope they and their guests thawed out after that chilly train trip.
Mmmm...wait til the next story, a Punch up at 11pm, and regular trips by peir train back up to the seafront for a Fag, a great photo in the Echo of the smokers, so funny.
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: Bless 'em, good to see and nice pic. Hope they and their guests thawed out after that chilly train trip.[/p][/quote]Mmmm...wait til the next story, a Punch up at 11pm, and regular trips by peir train back up to the seafront for a Fag, a great photo in the Echo of the smokers, so funny. DogsMessInLeigh
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