A wall, built by the Romans to protect England from the Scots, has brought the two nations together – and will form the focal point at a North East wedding.
Newcastle University students Stuart Brown and Fran Lalor fell in love while taking part in an archaeological dig at Hadrian’s Wall. Now the pair are preparing to tie the knot next to a giant model of the structure at Newcastle’s Great North Museum: Hancock.
The couple (who now live in Manchester) will travel north for their wedding, where they’ll exchange their vows facing a 1:4700 scale model of the 73-mile long wall, built to serve as the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.
The groom, Stuart, whose mother’s family are from Scotland, will wear his kilt for the ceremony, which will be attended by around 15 close family members and friends, in November.
The pair met while taking part in a two week dig at the wall’s Birdoswald fort during a summer break in their Ancient History and Archaeology honours degree course at Newcastle University, “so it really means a lot to us,” said bride, Fran.
“We have great memories of studying in Newcastle and, of course, of The Wall, so it’s great to be holding our wedding in a venue which unites those two places.”
The Great North Museum’s interactive model of the Wall, its forts and milecastles, forms the centrepiece of a gallery and, quite significantly, houses the gold Aemelia Ring – believed to be one of the earliest Christian artefacts found in Britain, with this romantic symbolism making their wedding at GNM:H very special indeed.