Congratulations to the Coldstream Pipe band for doing what VisitScotland should be doing -attracting our French cousins to the Borders. See opening of a story in this weeks Berwick Advertiser: THE entente cordial is alive and well between Scotland and France and bride Christele Roy and groom Philippe Derrien were the first French couple to marry in the newly refurbished Coldstream Marriage Room.
When Coldstream Pipe Band visited Mont Brisson last October Philippe, a member of the audience at one of the band's performances, got chatting to bass drummer Alex Thomson and explained that he and Christele were planning a visit to Gretna Green to marry. Alex explained about Coldstream Marriage Room and put the couple in touch with his wife Joy of Coldstream Weddings Personified.
The sad fact is that everyone has heard of Gretna Green, once the target for young eloping couples from south of the Border and narry a soul of a similar facility in Coldstream, until now that is. And it is cheering to see the Gallic groom in a kilt:
The Waterloo Hunting Tartan?
Mind you there is a lot to do before more French couples will be flocking over to tie the knot over here: 'Coldstream in the Spring' or 'Scotland's First Border Toon for lovers' don't quite trip off the tongue
Labels: Coldstream Wedding Room, French, the Borders