A DISGUSTING letter that told a gay couple they should get married “far, far away from the village” has sparked a police hunt searching for the anonymous homophobe.
Callum Hodge and Ashley Jenkins, planned to hold their wedding reception in the village of Norton Malreward in Somerset – but four months beforehand a letter was delivered stating it was the “consensus of the village” that the gay wedding should be held elsewhere.
The pair say their wedding day was perfect, in spite of the homophobic attack[/caption]
Callum and Ashley were horrified by the letter[/caption]
Callum and Ashley had planned to hold their wedding reception in Callum’s parents’ private barn conversion following a beautiful ceremony in nearby Bristol.
But Callum’s mum, Janie was horrified when she received a poisonous letter attacking the couple’s plans and insisting the reception be held somewhere else.
“I was absolutely gobsmacked and just devastated to read it”, said Janie, 59.
“It was addressed to me and said it was the consensus of the village that if the wedding was going to happen then it should do so far, far away from the village.
“It said I should show Callum down a new path.
“I didn’t want to speak to anyone or acknowledge anyone in the village because I thought everyone was out to get us.
“It is vile. It made me feel completely unwelcome in the village. The letter is so cruel and it made me very upset.
“I was so worried something would happen on the wedding day, like a protest or something. This person tried to ruin our day and it is so hateful.”
Janie immediately contacted police, but kept the vile letter a secret as her son and his fiance prepared for their big day.
Avon and Somerset Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.
Luckily, Callum and Ashley’s day was everything they could have hoped for, with Callum describing it as “perfect”.
‘PATHETIC LOW LIFE’
Janie broke the horrible news of the letter one week after the wedding.
Callum says felt angry and upset and has hit back at the “pathetic low life” who sent the homophobic letter to his mum.
“I found it really upsetting. I lived in that village for 29 years.
“It is evil. We are free to do whatever we want on our private land. It’s a homophobic attack.
“I feel pity for that person. Why do they feel as though they have a right to do that, to try to ruin our day. I was more angry at how it made my mum feel.
“She was made to feel completely unwelcome in the community. She felt like an outcast.
“To think that we probably have met that person makes me sad. They are pathetic and made up lies to attack us.
“But it didn’t spoil anything. We had the most amazing day and the room was filled with so much love.”
He took to Facebook to vent his frustration at the letter, which had been typed on a computer and posted through his parents’ front door.
Off the back of that people rallied around the family and this proved to them that it wasn’t the consensus of the village for the wedding to be banished and confirmed their suspicions the letter was penned by one “hateful” individual.
Callum said: “We had an amazing day and to say we are now husband and husband means so much to us.
“It felt amazing to get married. We love each other but are like best friends too.
“After that so many people came to the house or stopped us in the street to say it had nothing to do with them.
“The amount of support we received showed it wasn’t the village that felt like it as a whole.
“It is just some bigoted individual.”
Janie added: “We have had so much support from so many people in the village. People have come to the house to say it had nothing to do with them.
“The whole village rallied around us.”
Callum’s family went on to write a letter in response to the author of the hate mail asking them to come forward.
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It was published in the latest edition of the village newsletter but as of yet, the person behind the mail still hasn’t made themselves known to the family.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We have been advised of a letter which we were treating as a potential hate mail.
“The matter has been filed pending any further information or evidence. Anyone able to help is asked to contact us, quoting reference 5219059204.”
Callum says the village ‘rallied around’ them in support[/caption]
Callum’s mum, Janie, kept the letter a secret until after the wedding[/caption]
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