An­nie and He­len say thanks to the peo­ple of Welling­ton for their sup­port of equal­ity

Dubbo Photo News - - Welling­ton news - By JOHN RYAN

AN­NIE Mara and He­len Swan mar­ried on the banks of the Bell River on March 31 be­fore 120 friends and fam­ily.

The cou­ple has been to­gether for 23 years, and theirs was one of the first same sex mar­riages in the region.

He­len Swan said the oc­ca­sion was joy­ful.

“We were blown away by the back­ing of the peo­ple of Welling­ton, es­pe­cially the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity who have been un­stint­ing in their sup­port for equal­ity,” He­len told

“Many or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als made this a day to re­mem­ber.”

The cou­ple’s neigh­bours pro­vided ad­vice and prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance, in­clud­ing a tal­ented brother-in-law to take pho­tos.

The new cou­ple were also in awe of the lo­cal back­drop, a beau­ti­ful venue by the an­cient red river gums.

“Two ac­com­plished lo­cal women made mag­nif­i­cent cakes; the Welling­ton Golf Club pro­vided the venue for the knees up, the Welling­ton Caves pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion, Bell River Win­ery the bev­er­ages, and the Smokin’ Broth­ers (Or­ange) de­li­cious food,” He­len said.

“Best of all our friends, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Women’s Land Army, or­gan­ised the dec­o­rat­ing, the de­liv­ery, the mu­sic and the show, mak­ing it a day to re­mem­ber for all con­cerned.” He­len Swan, left, and An­nie Mara mar­ried in Welling­ton on March 31. Theirs was one of the first same sex mar­riages in the region. The main photo (above) shows the wed­ding party. PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED.

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