Old Masters are moved in for new era of weddings
Nov 10 2005
Liverpool Register Office changes with the times. Homa Khaleeli reports.
FOR years couples getting married in Liverpool Register Office were overseen by romantic pictures of brides and grooms.
But yesterday the traditional images were quietly dropped in advance of the new law to allow gay marriages.
In their place are landscapes from The Walker gallery, deemed more appropriate for the new ceremonies the registrar performs.
Hundreds of couples have inundated the register office with phone calls about the new civil partnerships between same sex couples.
Register Officer Janet Taubman said many more couples than expected were asking about civil "weddings" and the first dates had already been provisionally booked.
The Register Office and The Walker gallery have spent £3,500 restoring two Old Masters to hang on the walls.
Called Meadow Sweet and River Road, the large paintings will be less likely to offend people and are "more suitable".
Mrs Taubman said: "We had two pictures up before. In one room there is a picture of a signing of the register with a young bride.
"The other was of a Romeo and Juliet on a swing.
"They were innocent pictures, but the new paintings are less likely to offend."
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