Love not lost on love locks at Ballina lookout
IF YOU'VE ever been to the Ballina Lighthouse lookout you may have noticed a growing number of padlocks lining the wire fence.
Curious as they may seem to some, each little "love lock" has a story to tell.
They're part of a growing worldwide trend where couples, lovers or friends attach a lock to a public structure - like a bridge, fence or sculpture - to symbolise their love.
For husband and wife Adam and Elizabeth Izzard, their love lock was a wedding present that's now a permanent fixture next to the place they were married, and one they visit every time they're in Ballina.
"Every time we come home, we go for a drive and have a look," Mrs Izzard said.
The couple, who are now based in Griffith, are childhood friends who both grew up on the Northern Rivers.
Mrs Izzard said they began dating in high school, when she was at Xavier and he was at Southern Cross.
"We were together when I finished high school and Adam got a teaching job in Griffith and so I followed him to Griffith," she said.
"After a year in Griffith he proposed, I said 'yes', and then a year and a bit later we got married in Ballina."
Mrs Izzard said she and her husband hung their love lock at Ballina Head Lookout on their wedding day on April 26, 2014.
"It was a wedding gift from my brother," she said.
"We got married at the lighthouse in Ballina then had the reception at the Ballina RSL Club.
"To this day we still visit the lock every time we come back to Ballina."