For our wedding anniversary last year, I decided to get my husband a love lock. For those of you who have never heard of a love lock, it’s a padlock which you can then lock to a fence, bridge or gate to symbolize your love. As we were celebrating 15 years of marriage, our love lock was inscribed with ’15 Years Married’ and on the other side ‘Tracey and Hywel, 12th May 2001’ which is the date we got married.
I am pretty sure my husband did the usual male response of thinking ‘why the hell has she got me a padlock’, and the lock has sat gathering dust in his wardrobe for nearly a year. Doesn’t he know I spent good money on his gift (£7.99 from eBay, what a bargain). To be honest I forgot about it too, only remembering when we visited Birmingham in November, and spotted the line of love locks by the canal. Of course I mentally added it to the list of ‘things you don’t ever get around to doing’.
So whilst I was packing for our little trip to Liverpool last week, I suddenly thought LOVE LOCK. And after a quick rummage in my husband’s wardrobe, the lock was packed. My best friend had added her love lock to the railings at The Albert Dock, and I knew that would be the perfect spot for ours too.
So last Saturday, nearly a whole year after we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, our love lock was locked in place. There are literally railings of love locks. Some that are brand new like ours, and some that have been there for years, rusting away against the backdrop of the Mersey.
When the padlock is locked in position, you throw the keys into the River Mersey, symbolizing that your love is locked forever. But we forgot that part, mainly due to the 11 year old complaining she was cold/tired/thirsty. I am pretty sure we will be visiting Liverpool again soon, giving us the chance to throw the keys into the river and check on our lock. That’s if we can remember where we put it!
Have you spotted any love locks around the UK or even in Europe ?