Following the ‘Wedding Saga’
I HAVE been trying to follow the St Andrew’s, Girne, “Wedding Saga” through your columns but am becoming increasingly confused.
It is beginning to read like an episode of Yes Minister! Was this a legal wedding conducted illegally? Or an illegal wedding conducted legally?
In her March 31 diatribe, Mrs Hough “rejected claims that paperwork for several weddings had not been properly completed” but then says that she has offered to reimburse one couple, Craig Harrison and Lakin Rosse, for a return trip to Cyprus to correct the non-existent errors by re-running the complete wedding. Pardon?
Everyone else is to blame, reminiscent of Frankie Howerd in Up Pompeii – “Infamy! Infamy! Everybody’s got it infamy!”
Of course, the [South Cyprusbased] “Kyrenia Municipality” may also have a view, since I understand that the first attempt was made without any of the preliminary paperwork or payment of the necessary fees.
It has since been said that the “happy couple” were “married in the eyes of God”, so there is no problem — which is a bit naïve. My understanding is that a properly conducted Church wedding is still a contract in civil law, albeit a contract blessed by God. Consequently, any breach constitutes an offence under that same civil law. Trying to pin the blame on God is very bad form.
So, dear Cyprus Today, keep on the case. I’m sure we have not heard the last of it. James Gibbs, Alsancak