Town clerk performs Londonderry's first civil marriage ceremony in 'at least' 20 years
Held under the trees on Londonderry Town Common, Farrell joined Brigitte Ellis and William Walker in matrimony.
She met the couple several weeks ago, when they came to Town Hall to get their marriage license and, much to her delight, Farrell realized Ellis was one of her former students from her days as a career education teacher at Londonderry High School.
“It was an honor to be part of something so lovely and beautiful,” she added.
Since Sunday’s ceremony, she said another couple had already called to inquire about getting married this Friday.
The city began offering civil marriage services in 2008 at the request of Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Bergeron said.
“We try to accommodate everyone,” Bergeron said.
In Bedford, very few couples opt to get married at Town Hall, according to Town Clerk Lori Radke.
The town of Bedford doesn’t charge a fee for such services, but marriages are only performed in the town chambers.
“If someone comes in and they’re desperate, we’re licensed and we’re more than happy to help them out,” Radke says. “But more often, I’ll try and refer them to one of the Justices of the Peace here in town.”
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