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Stadium of Light hosts its first same sex love match

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Sunderland’s Stadium of Light was the setting for a love match when two Black Cats fans scored a first for the venue. Sarah Price and Heather Thompson, from Nettlesworth, Co Durham became the first same sex couple to tie the knot at the stadium – home to Sunderland AFC – when they exchanged vows in front of family members and friends in early April.

We’re both really big Sunderland fans

said 27-year-old Sarah, who wore a grey suit and red shirt for the occasion,

and we were delighted when we found out we could hold the event at the Stadium of Light, particularly as my mum and dad bumped into former goalie Jim Montgomery when they arrived – they were over the moon.

The big day kicked off with an emotional ceremony in the stadium’s Drumaville Suite before Sarah, a school sport partnership manager and Heather, a teaching assistant, headed to the hallowed turf to have their photographs taken next to mascot Samson the Cat.

Sarah and Heather with the Mascot