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Woman makes history with double role at sister’s wedding

DOUBLE JOY: Cynthia (right) and her sister Paula

THE STAR of Channel 4 reality show The Wedding House is set to perform a unqiue double role next month when she serves as both bridesmaid and registrar at her twin sister’s wedding.

Registrar Cynthia Green, 47, will conduct the marriage of her twin sister Paula in a civil ceremony in Bolton, Lancashire.

The very unique event will unite four generations of the family with 20 family members flying in from the USA and Green’s younger twin sisters 43-year-old Annette and Anita Green, will also be bridesmaids.

Bride Paula who will be flying in from Boston, USA for her August 27 wedding, asked Islington Council registrar Green to be her chief bridesmaid and officiate the marriage.

“I was excited just being a chief bridesmaid,” Green told The Voice. “I was thinking about how to combine the two and having separate outfits.”

Green will be wearing her bridesmaid’s dress throughout the ceremony and will have a jacket on when she reaches the end of the aisle to transform into her role as registrar.

The mother-of-two was born and raised in Bolton after her parents moved to Lancashire from Jamaica in the 1960s.

Despite officially uniting over 8,000 couples together in civil marriages and civil partnerships in a 14-year long career, single Green has yet to find her own right man. However she remains hopeful.

“I’ve been in love a few times, probably for all the wrong reasons” she said “I can’t find my perfect man but I’ll find him,”

Last year, she was involved in officially uniting 32 couples for the recent Channel 4 reality show, The Wedding House where wedding specialists help couples realise their dream weddings. The show’s themes included Christmas, Cinderella and Lady Gaga.

Green recalled that she never set out to be a registrar. Before moving to London from Bolton in 2003, Green worked part-time in the probation services.

“Working in probation was emotionally hard. At times I needed something people-based that would hold my interest,” she said.

When she came across a newspaper ad for a registrar she was intrigued. Although worried that her dreadlocks and nose piercing would go against her she decided to apply for the job anyway.

And after a successful interview she was thrilled when she became Bolton’s first black registrar.

Ten months into the new role, she got her first foray into television broadcasting when she got the opportunity to assist in officiating the first civil marriage in a GMTV competition on the London Eye in 2001.

“It’s the perfect job,” said Green.

However being a registrar is not about joyous occasions.

“To do people’s wedding is special, it’s a brilliant job but I have to do deaths as well. Deaths have their interesting points.”

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