Hartlepool couple tie the knot at Glastonbury Festival

Fiona Wilkins and Craig Robson take part in a traditional handfasting ceremony held by ceremony celebrants Glenda Procter, left, and Jayne Tobey at the Glastonbury Festival.
Fiona Wilkins and Craig Robson take part in a traditional handfasting ceremony held by ceremony celebrants Glenda Procter, left, and Jayne Tobey at the Glastonbury Festival.
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For Hartlepool couple Craig Robson and Fiona Wilkins, Glastonbury Festival was the perfect place to spontaneously tie the knot.

They found themselves taking part in a handfasting ceremony, a spiritual celebration of their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Fiona Wilkins and Craig Robson take part in a traditional handfasting ceremony held by ceremony celebrant Glenda Procter at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Fiona Wilkins and Craig Robson take part in a traditional handfasting ceremony held by ceremony celebrant Glenda Procter at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

But having missed out on arranging the ceremony beforehand, they were squeezed in last-minute by celebrant Glenda Procter.

Craig, 41, from Hartlepool said: "We're not really a fan of the traditional weddings, if you know what I mean, so we just wanted something for the two of us, and this was the ideal place.

"There were people there but we didn't really know anybody, so it was just our own little thing."

Handfasting is a neopagan ceremony, which involves the couple taking vows and having their hands symbolically tied together.

But after they got engaged in December, Craig and fiance Fiona, 33, missed out on securing a ceremony in time for the festival.

"All her slots were gone," Craig explained. "So we just basically came to see her on Friday on the off-chance. She said she could squeeze us in at 2 o'clock on Saturday."

"I'm not a religious person, neither of us are, and I figure all that with traditional weddings where things get said and they don't really mean much to the two people who are actually getting married.

"But the things that Glenda said yesterday about, even if you're going through trouble and strife, you can always get through it.

"I think it was just perfect, more than we could have wished for really."