Same-sex couple set the date

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phillip Dawson (left) and Joseph Stanger Phillip Dawson (left) and Joseph Stanger

A hair stylist is to wed his partner of three years after becoming the first Ilkley resident to register for a marriage licence as a same-sex couple.

Phillip Dawson (above, left), 36, will tie the knot with Joseph Stanger, 33, of Wakefield, in a ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall on April 24.

Mr Dawson runs salon The Loft on Church Street, while Mr Stanger owns a salon in Wakefield.

Mr Dawson said they decided to get married while on a romantic trip to Paris last year.

The couple are going to celebrate on the London Eye after the ceremony, before heading back to Paris for their honeymoon.

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