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Same-sex couple marry in Britain’s longest canal tunnel

Same-sex couple marry in Britain’s longest canal tunnel

a couple stands under a lit up rainbow coloured umbrella and they are kissing. they are wearing wedding attire

A same-sex couple decided the UK’s longest tunnel would be the perfect location for them to tie the knot.

Kate Stephenson and Rebecca (Becks) Errett, both 36, decided the Standedge Tunnel was where they wanted to say ‘I do’.

The couple from Holfirth, West Yorkshire knew they wanted to get married somewhere in Yorkshire.

a couple in wedding attire stand facing each other and smiling in front of a red wooden door
Kate and Becks on their big day | Photo: Laura Rhian Photography

‘We were looking for a venue that could host the ceremony and wedding breakfast in one location, but also somewhere that was typically Yorkshire in its essence and combined a rustic feel with some industrial heritage,’ Stephenson said.

It took one visit to Standedge Tunnel to know that would be the spot for their nuptials.

‘We looked at many different locations but as soon as we set foot in Standedge we both realised it was our dream venue. Those dreams came true in the most amazing way,’ Stephenson said.

‘We’d like to thank all the Standedge staff who helped make it such as special day.’

a married couple dancing as a crowd watches on
The happy couple’s first dance | Photo: Laura Rhian Photography

The Standedge Tunnel is known as ‘one of the Seven Wonders of the British Waterways’. It is the longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel in the country. The tunnel sits Peak District National Park just outside Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

It dates from 1811 and stretches more than 5km (3 miles) from Marsden in West Yorkshire to Diggle in Greater Manchester.

Their wedding fell right in the middle of the festive season so the women gave their nuptials a Christmas theme. The ceremony, wedding breakfast and party featured carol singers, Christmas trees and meals that reflected a traditional Christmas lunch.

a couple in wedding attire looking at each other and laughing
A beautiful Yorkshire wedding | Photo: Laura Rhian Photography