Tuesday 25 October 2016

A kilted Murray ties the knot

Lucy Christie

Published 12/04/2015 | 02:30

Tennis star Andy Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in his home town yesterday.

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The couple exchanged vows at Dunblane Cathedral followed by a reception at Cromlix House, the luxury hotel owned by the 27-year-old.

Hundreds of locals gathered outside the 12th-century building to catch a glimpse of the pair, who met as teenagers and have been together for more than nine years.

The proud Perthshire community of Dunblane has spent the last few days decorating the high street with bunting in preparation for the celebration, which was reported around the globe. A piper played and the sun shone as Murray, wearing a kilt, arrived at his wedding venue — but earlier showers and giant hailstones had battered the Scottish town.

There were huge cheers as guests entered the 300-seat cathedral. A choir and bell-ringers also took up their places for the ceremony.

Earlier Murray tweeted a picture of an umbrella in a preview of the day in emojis on his Twitter account.

The tweet also featured a picture of a church, a ring, a kiss, cake and drinks including beer, cocktails and wine and ended with hearts, a face throwing a kiss and several Zzzz icons for sleep.

Murray had three best men — his brother Jamie and friends Ross Hutchins and Carlos Mier — while Sussex-born Sears (27) had four bridesmaids.

Fans posted their best wishes on social media and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, also offered her congratulations.

The couple met in 2005 through tennis circles — her father, Nigel, is a coach and former head of women’s tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association.

They moved in together in 2008 and briefly split the following year before rekindling their relationship.

Last month Murray told BBC Sport: “I’m not nervous about getting married because we’ve been together 10 years and we’ve lived together for six or seven years as well.

“So, I don’t think a whole lot’s going to change. I kind of feel like we have been married already in terms of the way we spend our lives together and live together. I will be more nervous about starting a family. That’ll be more life-changing — in a good way.”

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