Handfast ceremony at Heysham

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AN unusual pagan handfasting ceremony took place at St Patrick’s Chapel in Heysham on Saturday.

Angela Jeffreys from Canada and Marc Geuzinge from Holland had their ceremony near the rock cut graves on Heysham Barrows, while guests and interested locals looked on.

Former Visitor photographer Steve Pendrill, who now runs his own freelance wedding photography business in Lancaster, took the photographs. The handfasting ceremony was conducted by a pagan high priestess from Canada.

The ancient tradition of handfasting is practised quietly worldwide. A handfast wedding ceremony binds the two forever – heart, mind, body and spirit – for as long as love remains. The only thing that can undo a handfast is a lack of love.

See The Visitor (25-10-11) for full story.