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Dunblane prepares for a love match as tennis ace Andy to marry Kim

By Lucy Christie

The bunting is up in the Scottish town of Dunblane as it prepares to host the wedding of Andy Murray, its famous son.

The world number three tennis player will marry his girlfriend of nine years Kim Sears in a ceremony at Dunblane Cathedral today.

The couple live in Surrey but have chosen to exchange vows in the Perthshire community where the 2013 Wimbledon champion grew up, and where he was at school during the infamous gun massacre.

He has previously spoken about the effect the killings of 16 children by gunman Thomas Hamilton had on him.

Proud locals have spent the week decorating the high street and shop windows in preparation for the celebration which will be reported around the globe.

The ceremony is scheduled for late afternoon and is expected to be conducted by the Rev Colin Renwick.

As he prepares to don his kilt, 27-year-old Murray, said recently he will have three best men - his brother Jamie and friends Ross Hutchins and Carlos Mier.

Sussex-born Sears, also 27, will have four bridesmaids but the style and design of her bridal gown has so far remained a secret.

Several top names from the world of tennis are expected to attend, with former British number one Tim Henman among those likely to be on the guest list. Murray and Sears met as teenagers through tennis circles.

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