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Supermarket bride says 'aisle do'
Newlyweds Pete Freeman, 54, and Jill Piggott 42
Newlyweds Pete Freeman and Jill Piggott toast the future
A couple who met at a grocery checkout have tied the knot.

Jill Piggott, 42, met her husband Pete Freeman, 54, when she was working on the checkout at an Asda shop in York.

Rather than walk down the aisle, the pair married in the clothing department of the Monks Cross store on Saturday, watched by dozens of shoppers.

The supermarket was reportedly one of the first in the UK to be licensed for full wedding ceremonies.

Ten bridesmaids were present at the ceremony, which saw the couple piped out of the store by a Highland piper

As well as shoppers, 110 guests filled the store to witness the ceremony.

Everybody in the store is absolutely delighted.
Asda spokesman
City of York head registrar Robert Livesey, who has conducted several civil weddings, performed the 10-minute service.

He said: "The venue here in the store has created great media interest being the first-ever wedding to take place in a supermarket.

"But to put it into perspective, this is where they met and it holds a great deal of significance to them both."

Speaking before the wedding, the groom described how he met his wife.

Mr Freeman said: "I used to come here every day shopping with my daughter and our eyes just sort of met at the checkout."

He added that the idea to marry at the supermarket started as a joke which "just sort of took off".

The couple, who have been together for eight months, left the store after the service accompanied by a bagpiped version of the Asda theme tune.

A spokesman for the supermarket chain said: "Everybody in the store is absolutely delighted."

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