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First same-sex marriage in Bromley makes history
History was made in Bromley at the weekend as the borough saw its first ever male same-sex marriage.
Vinny Mann, 50, wed Graham Walder, 49, at the Civic Centre on Saturday July 12 after legislation legalising the act came in effect last month.
The couple described a “magical” day and said although it was special enough, the fact they were the first to make use of the new-found equality was “a great thing to be a part of”.
Now Mr Walder-Mann, singing tutor Vinny told News Shopper: “It was an incredible day – so emotional.
“We knew the registrar and she made it even more personal for us.
“The party afterwards was great too – we had so many people come and make it memorable.”
Husband Graham added: “It was a really fantastic time and everything went brilliantly. It was the best day of my life.
“It exceeded all our expectations.”
Mr and Mr Wilder-Mann live in Kings Hall Road, Beckenham, and hosted a party at nearby Azelia Hall after the ceremony.
Vinny said “the champagne flowed all night” as around 100 guests tucked into burgers, chocolate gateau, and listened to a live band.
The wedding marked a pivotal moment in Bromley, which Vinny mentioned is a particularly Conservative borough.
But despite that he said the pair has seen nothing from support and believes although society still has a way to go, it’s great to see things moving forward.
He said: “I remember meeting Graham and really hitting it off. We clicked immediately and have so much in common.
“Graham said, ‘I’m going to marry you one day’, but I didn’t really consider it a possibility.
“But when the law changed we talked about it and thought, ‘why not?’ “Obviously there are still issues that need addressing (in equality) but this shows times are changing.”
Remarkably, Vinny joked about how he’s also thought to be the first child actor to die on screen in the UK, having been a star of hit show Grange Hill in his youth.
Graham meanwhile is a gardener by trade and has a busy summer coming up, which means the couple are waiting until later in the year before having a rather adventurous honeymoon.
He told News Shopper: “We’re going off to America for a month in October. We flying to Los Angeles and plan to buy a car – we’re just going to drive and see how far we can get.”
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