Gay couple have day in church

ED and Russell
ED and Russell
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It was a perfect ending for a couple who made history by being among the first men in England to take advantage of the Government’s new gay marriage act when they got engaged.

Spalding historian Ed Fordham and Russell Eagling married on Saturday in Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, watched by friends and family who travelled to the city to share their special day.



Among the congregation were Ed’s parents Sally and Adrian Fordham, who live in Pode Hole, one of his closest friends from Quadring Fen, Shane Sandall, as well as Mick Brookes, the former head of Gosberton Clough and Risegate County Primary School, and Matthew Connolly, son of Peter Connolly, who was honoured by Spalding Civic Society recently with a blue plaque on his house in Spring Street.

Sister Alison Fordham, former head girl of Spalding High School, was one of the witnesses on the marriage certificate.

Last year the couple, who have been together for 15 years but have not been in a civil partnership, were outside the House of Lords taking part in a vigil to put pressure on peers to approve the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Ed said: “It was so special to be married in the chapel – we were always clear that we wanted a faith based wedding, we come from that tradition and the Unitarian Church have been so supportive.

“Making a public declaration between us in front of so many friends and family meant a lot to both of.

“And we would both like to thank so many friends from Spalding and Lincolnshire who made the journey down to London – thank you to them all.”

After the wedding, the couple and their guests had the wedding breakfast and evening reception at University College School, Hampstead, where Ed is a school governor. They plan to go on honeymoon at a later date. Ed said: “It was an amazing day, especially so because we had the support of so many friends and family.”