• Scottish hero Murray weds in hometown spectacular

    Andy Murray and Kim Sears AFP PHOTO

    Andy Murray and Kim Sears AFP PHOTO

    DUNBLANE, UK: Tennis ace Andy Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears at Dunblane’s 12th century cathedral on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), bringing his Scottish hometown to a standstill.

    The newlyweds came under a shower of confetti as they left the church.

    Sears wore a white dress with a plunging neckline, lace sleeves and a long train carried by four bridesmaids while the groom wore a green and blue tartan kilt.

    A bagpiper earlier welcomed the 2013 Wimbledon champion into the church while Sears arrived in a car a few minutes later, to a peel of applause from the gathered crowds.

    Ahead of the service, Murray posted a series of “emojis” to his 2.98 million Twitter followers, revealing his plans for the day. They ended with cocktails, kisses and several Zzzz sleep symbols.

    Despite earlier hailstorms, the sun shone on family and friends as they arrived for the intimate service in Dunblane Cathedral, which was decorated with huge bouquets of white hydrangeas and full-sized blossom trees.

    With an eye on the skies, Murray’s mother Judy tweeted: “Hailstones. Marvellous” and then later “Snowing. #whitewedding”.

    Murray revealed that his brother Jamie and friends Ross Hutchins and Carlos Mier were to share best man duties.

    Several fans camped overnight to catch a glimpse of the couple and the streets were festooned with bunting in scenes usually reserved for a royal wedding.

    Reverend Colin Renwick, who married the couple, received huge cheers as he arrived at the cathedral.

    The 27-year-old Sears has already become accustomed to the limelight, often finding herself in the cameraman’s sights while watching Murray courtside at events all around the world.

    She too grew up in a tennis-loving home with father Nigel Sears formerly the LTA’s head of women’s tennis.



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