Pirate hunter Billy Irving and fiancee set wedding date

Scots pirate hunter Billy Irving and his fiancée Yvonne MacHugh have set a date to wed – just two months after he was freed from an Indian jail on dropped weapons charges.

The couple, who lived in Connel, near Oban, will tie the knot in Paisley on March 24.

The date was revealed by Miss MacHugh in a social media post on Facebook, alongside a black and white photograph of the pair.

Argyll-born Mr Irving was the first of the so-called Chennai Six to arrive back in the UK more than four years after they were jailed in India on weapons charges.

He and five other British men were guards on a ship to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean but were jailed in October 2013 after being charged with carrying unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

After years of campaigning, they finally won an appeal against their convictions last month and were given permission to leave India.

Mr Irving’s fiancee Yvonne MacHugh campaigned tirelessly for his release. The couple have a two-year-old son, William.

The news of the wedding date was greeted with congratulations on her Facebook page.

Pamela McGroaty said: “Wedding of the year!!! cannot wait.”

And Kirsti Emsley added: “Loving this!!! Hope you and Billy Irving have the most magical day that you both deserve! Lots of love xxx.”

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