VIDEO: Eastbourne’s first same sex wedding makes town history

A local councillor and his partner made history over the weekend by becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in Eastbourne.

Troy Tester and Aidan Neal’s wedding was held at the Town Hall on Saturday afternoon and lasted around 45 minutes.

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Troy Tester and Aidan Neal SUS-140331-142116001

MP Stephen Lloyd was among the guests and said, “It was a delight to be there to witness this wonderful, uplifting and timeless ceremony.”

As the registrar pronounced them “husband and husband” the guests filled the room with cheers and applause.

Troy, a Liberal Democrat councillor for Langney and a pharmacist, and Aidan, a voluntary worker, held a reception at the Afton Hotel on Eastbourne seafront.

After a short break in Salisbury, the couple plan to honeymoon in Austria later this year. They will make their home in Eastbourne.

The couple were the first to take advantage of the new law and booked a civil marriage ceremony for the day it became legal for same sex couples to marry.

Troy said, “We’ve been waiting for this moment for eight years.

“The ceremony is very important to us because it’s a confirmation of our relationship and a demonstration of the commitment we’ve made to each other for family and friends.”