Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Mayor’s big day is a truly momentous one!

12:09 03 April 2014

David Marston and John Humphreys lead their guests down the steps of Exmouth Town Hall on Saturday with David

David Marston and John Humphreys lead their guests down the steps of Exmouth Town Hall on Saturday with David's niece Olivia McFarland following their wedding ceremony. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 7961-14-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Archant

History was made in Exmouth on Saturday as mayor John Humphreys and teacher David Marston said ‘I do’ on Saturday.

When Cllr Humphreys and former Journal reporter David tied the knot in front of family and friends it marked the first-ever same-sex marriage, both in Exmouth and East Devon.

They exchanged vows just 12 hours after the new marriage law came into effect; and to mark the occasion the ‘rainbow flag’ was flown aloft the town hall.

Cllr Humphreys said: “It was a wonderful day and we were delighted to be able to do something that was not only of personal importance but something we believe is of national importance in our home town.”

The council chamber was packed for the ceremony, and the reception saw 110 friends and family mark the occasion at the nearby Masonic Hall.

And one of the guests was Foreign Office Minister and East Devon MP Hugo Swire, who is not only part of the Government who passed the law but became the first British government minister to attend a same sex wedding.

He told the Journal: “It was a pleasant, happy occasion.

“I do hope that the people who are against same-sex marriage will think again.”

He added: “It seems to me to be profoundly conservative if two people want to care for each other, stick with one another, and share their lives together.

“I don’t think that’s undermining society; I think that’s helping to make society richer.”

The couple first met 22 years ago when David was working on the Journal covering an aid convoy to Romania, and John was one of the volunteers.

Cllr Humphreys added: “We have been very encouraged by people’s reactions, everybody has been really very supportive.

“Only this morning a lady approached me in The Strand and congratulated me.

“We have never lived a lie and always been open and up front about our relationship and David’s students have been very supportive.”

David added: “It seemed worthwhile marking the change in the law on the day it actually changed.

“This is a significant change in our country. I think there are some 20 counties now where people can get married if they are same-sex couples.

“It’s a growing thing, and I’m glad to see that.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

6 minutes ago
Milly Oakins, nine, sets out form Nelson Drive on her 10 mile walk for Hospiscare with mum Kim Snell and aunty Jade Beasley. Ref exe 23-16AW 9454. Picture: Alex Walton

A nine-year-old Littleham girl has raised an estimated £700 for charity by completing a 10-mile walking challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:31
Otterton Primary School sports. Ref exb 26-16SH 0513. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures:

Read more
Yesterday, 09:43

Fire crews from Exmouth were called out to a fire involving a gas kettle on Monday (June 27).

Read more
Mon, 16:04
Exmouth Armed Forces Day took place at the weekend. Royal Marines gave a combat demonstration to the public. Ref exe 26-16AW 1289. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth marked Armed Forces Day in The Strand at the weekend. The Royal Marine Band Service opened the event with their marching band display followed by a combat ready demonstration by marines from the Lympstone Commando Training Centre. Hundreds of visitors turned up to enjoy the occasion and support our armed forces.

Read more
Mon, 12:30
Budleigh Hospital

A pilot wellbeing hub project at the former Budleigh Salterton Hospital is unlikely to open on a permanent basis this year.

Read more
Mon, 09:54

A fire crew was called out to a vehicle fire in Budleigh Salterton on Saturday, June 25.

Read more
Mon, 09:38

An Exmouth resident has called for action over a ‘dangerous’ parking problem he says could see schoolchildren seriously injured.

Read more
Mon, 09:34

Fire crews were called to attend a fire in a bungalow in Exmouth.

Read more
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Hugo Swire MP was invited to open the new Pete's Dragon suicide bereavement charity head quarters in Exmouth earlier this month. Ref exe 24-16AW 0191. Picture: Alex Walton

A grieving mum has found hope through heartache by helping to create new headquarters for the charity that was there when she needed it most.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Evacuee Percy Cook (centre) pictured with Brian Curryer and Percy's sister Daisy Vickers.

A man evacuated to Exmouth during World War Two has returned to the town - and has struck up a friendship with another generation of the family which looked after him.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications