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Couple marry at Bard's home
Robert Burns
The couple are big fans of Burns
A couple of Robert Burns fans from Perthshire have got married in the room where the poet was born.

David MacDonald and Sheila McNaughton, both in their 50s, used Burns songs and poetry in their Hogmanay ceremony in Alloway.

The ceremony was conducted by South Ayrshire Council's Registrar at Ayr, Stuart Kerr.

Afterwards,the couple entertained family and friends in the tea-room at the Burns Heritage Centre.

The formalities of signing the marriage schedule happened next to the bed that Burns was born in.

Mr MacDonald works at a bottled water factory in Falkirk, and his new wife is a nurse.

The bride said: "David and I are both Burns enthusiasts, so getting married in Burns' Cottage is the icing on the cake to our very special day.

"David is a big fan and can recite most of his works. In fact I think he is planning to do so at the reception."

The Registration Service of South Ayrshire Council has been keen to encourage, and help arrange, civil marriages in approved locations throughout the council's area.

Weddings have already been conducted in various hotels, and a number of weddings have taken place in Culzean Castle, Blairquhan Caste and Burns National Heritage Park.

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