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10 January, 2020 — By Charles Woodham

Registrar Cynthia Green at the ceremony for Lucinda Brown and Miles Spencer

Celebrity registrar Cynthia Green oversaw the first mixed-sex civil partnership ceremony in the UK at Islington Town Hall after the law came into being on December 31. Cynthia officiated at the ceremony for her close friends Lucinda Brown, who also works at the council, and partner Miles Spencer.

She described the event at the Town Hall, which took place when the clock struck midnight, as “amazing,” adding: “It was a poignant day for me because I did the first same sex partnership in Islington in 2005 over 14 years ago now, so to be able to do this as well was brilliant.”

Cynthia’s ascent to fame began 10 years ago, when she successfully responded to a request sent by Channel 4 asking for registrars who would be interested in working on a series called Wedding House.

“I was out of work for six weeks filming. I married 46 couples in 25 days, and each wedding had a different theme.” Cynthia said themes included Cinderella, dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland and fetish. “It was very intense,” she joked.

Even after being a registrar for more than 23 years, Cynthia says every ceremony is unique: “I have done thousands of ceremonies and each one is different because every couple is different.

“This [mixed-sex civil partnerships] will definitely become more and more popular. Even more so due to marriage being steeped in such tradition, with the notion of ‘man and wife’ and everything else that comes with it.

“I think civil partnerships especially appeal to women, they feel it’s more equal for them.”

Meals donated by the million

Foodbank collections take place at Tesco

Islington shoppers donated more than 1,200 meals to the local community during the Tesco Food Collection effort in the build-up to the festive period.

The nationwide push amassed more than 2.5 million meals, with Tesco supporting charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare.

The Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 foodbank centres throughout the UK, aiming to help people locked in poverty and end the need for food banks in the UK. Their chief executive Emma Revie praised the “incredible support of the public”.

Meanwhile, FareShare’s chief executive Lindsay Bowell thanked the “passionate people lending a hand” to the UK’s largest food redistribution charity. Last year FareShare provided 46.5 million meals through a network of 11,000 frontline organisations.

The Food Collection effort was held from November 21-23 in stores up and down the country, with Tesco director Christine Heffernan confirming Tesco will be supporting the collection by “topping up all the donations by 20 per cent”.

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