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Iconic Gretna wedding anvil gets gay makeover

The iconic wedding anvil at Gretna Green’s Famous Blacksmiths Shop is to get a gay makeover.

Artist Erin Colquhoun will transform the black anvil which has seen thousands of weddings over the years, into a rainbow of colour to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex weddings.

Alasdair Houston, owner of the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, hopes the venue will host Scotland’s first gay wedding.

“Same-sex marriage will add a new dimension to the unbroken and unique thread of romantic history at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop since 1754,” he said.

“Erin’s colourful design for the anvil is vibrant and exciting and perfectly encapsulates the inclusive spirit of love at Gretna Green.”

Erin, 22, of Edinburgh beat off dozens of other hopefuls in a competition to celebrate the change in marital law. Her design is under wraps until the autumn and she will spend the next few weeks transforming the black replica anvil into a riot of colour.

She said: “It includes the colours of the gay pride flag and the shape of the lotus flower but everyone will have to wait for the formal unveiling to see the full design.

“I feel incredibly privileged to have this opportunity as I’m a huge fan of tradition but at the same time it’s wonderful that gay love, which had to be hidden by so many people down the years, is now emerging into the light.”

She is an undergraduate at Glasgow School of Art.


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