First gay wedding at the Stadium of Light – with Sunderland victory as a wedding present

Heather Thompson and Sarah Price with SAFC mascot Samson the Cat
Heather Thompson and Sarah Price with SAFC mascot Samson the Cat
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SAFC supporters Sarah Price and Heather Thompson have made history at the Stadium of Light.

The pair became the first same-sex couple to tie the knot at the home of the Black Cats, when they exchanged vows in front of family members and friends on Friday.

The couple made sure their special day was red and white from start to finish, even the wedding cake was constructed from wheels of cheese wrapped in red and white wax.

“We’re both really big Sunderland fans,” said 27-year-old Sarah, who wore a grey suit and red shirt for the occasion. 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 sports partnership manager, and Heather, a teaching assistant, had their photographs taken with club mascot Samson the Cat.

Afterwards the newlyweds, from Nettlesworth in County Durham, went to the dugout and the dressing rooms for more photos. Sarah’s father Dennis led the speeches, before a further 150 friends arrived for an evening reception in the Black Cats Bar. “It was just perfect,” said Sarah. “We kept the red and white theme going with our choice of honeymoon – we’re off to Canada.”