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Region proves top wedding venue

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More than 5,000 weddings took place in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway was the busiest registration authority in Scotland for weddings last year.

The region recorded 5,476 ceremonies in 2007 - more than the figures for Glasgow and Edinburgh added together.

The figures from the Registrar General for Scotland also show that the area had the lowest error rate in the country at 1.59%.

Chief Registrar Alison Quigley said all staff had worked hard to improve accuracy levels in the region.

Councillor Sandra McDowall, who chairs the region's education and community services committee, said the figures showed a "first class" service was being delivered.

Ms Quigley said the results were "excellent news".

"The total number of marriages was down which reflects the national trends, but civil marriages in Dumfries and Galloway have increased, particularly those taking place in venues approved by the council," she said.

"We now have to try and keep up with our own high targets."

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