Artistic pupils help draw attention to church’s wedding celebration

Charlie (left) and Luke with their winning designs.
Charlie (left) and Luke with their winning designs.

Schoolchildren have used their artistic talents to spread the word about a church project bringing the community together.

St George’s Church, in Cullercoats, is holding a wedding showcase event this month.

Walking down the aisle – 130 years of weddings at St George’s, Cullercoats is set to celebrate over a century of weddings that have taken place in the Grade I-listed church.

Organisers have been calling on those who were married there, or their families, to send in photographs taken on their big day – with photographs still being accepted.

The photos will be displayed in the church, decade by decade, forming the centrepiece of the wedding showcase weekend, from April 30 to May 2.

And to help to promote the weekend, children from Cullercoats Primary School entered a competition to design a poster.

The two winning designs, drawn by seven-year-old Charlie and eight-year-old Luke, will now be displayed in shops, cafes and restaurants in the local area.

Charlie said: “I felt really happy when I found out that I had won. It’s the first time I have won a competition. It was really fun to do because I love drawing.”

Luke added: “I have always enjoyed drawing and this was something different to draw – I wouldn’t normally draw a wedding picture.”

All 90 entries will be displayed in the church while pupils at Marden High have created invites that will be delivered to homes in the local area.

Canon Adrian Hughes, vicar of St George’s Church, said: “I’d like to say a big thank-you to both the schools – and well done to all the children and young people involved.

“The response we’ve had from the local community so far has been wonderful and we’re all really looking forward to the event.”

“I’d also like to remind people that it’s not too late to send it your photos or those of your relatives. We’ve received well over a hundred photos so far but we’d love to exhibit even more.”

Over the three-day event, the church will be open from 11am to 4pm and refreshments will be on sale in the parish hall.

Wedding registers will be open so people can search for a record of their own wedding or those of their families.

During the Sunday service, the church is inviting any couple who wishes to do so to renew their vows. The service starts at 9.30am and a glass of prosecco will be served afterwards in the parish hall.

Tynemouth photographers Buckley & Brough, Cullercoats florist Thoughts of You, Monkseaton-based bridal dress studio Wendy Coles and Whitley Bay’s Lottie McPhee’s Cupcakes will also be there.

Photos can also be sent to StGeorgesWeddings@gmail.com or via post to Reverend Adrian Hughes, The Vicarage, Beverley Gardens, Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4NS.

Those sending photos are asked to also include the names of the people in them and the date of when it was taken and their address if they’d like them returning.