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In 1754, a change in English marriage law resulted in more couples travelling north from England to marry at Gretna Green. There, a couple were usually married by the blacksmith, although any person could adopt the task, while the ceremony might take place in the local tollhouse, inn or hall. Today, many weddings are still carried out in the Old Blacksmith's Shop (known as the 'Old Smithy') in Gretna Green.
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- Cliff Michelmore
- Derek Hart
- Geoffrey Johnson Smith
- Donald Baverstock
Tue 14 May 1957 18:05 BBC Television Service