Church is ready to host exhibition celebrating century of weddings

The Revd. Canon Adrian Hughes at Saint George's Church in Cullercoats.
Picture by Jane Coltman

The Revd. Canon Adrian Hughes at Saint George's Church in Cullercoats. Picture by Jane Coltman

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An iconic coastal church is celebrating a century of weddings in a special exhibition this weekend to bring the community together.

Photographs of weddings held at St George’s Church, in Cullercoats, spanning back almost 100 years, will go on display over the Bank Holiday weekend.

One of the pictures to appear in the wedding exhibition at St George's Church - George Lisle, a future mayor of North Tyneside, and Annie Eleanor (Nancy) who married on September 1, 1928.

One of the pictures to appear in the wedding exhibition at St George's Church - George Lisle, a future mayor of North Tyneside, and Annie Eleanor (Nancy) who married on September 1, 1928.

Nearly 200 photographs, some dating back to the 1920s, have been sent in as part of the ‘Walking Down the Aisle – 130 years of weddings at St George’s, Cullercoats’ exhibition from April 30 to May 2.

And former brides have submitted their weddings dresses to go on display within the Grade-I listed building.

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

And the weekend will also include a Sunday service for the renewal of vows.

Canon Adrian Hughes, vicar of St George’s Church, said: “People often stop me to tell me that they or a member of their family were married at St George’s – I thought it would be wonderful to bring the community together and share the happy memories.

“I have been overwhelmed by the response we have had, with photos coming from as far away as Australia and America. I am also delighted that we’ve managed to find photos of three different generations all married at the church.

“I would really encourage people to come along this weekend – the showcase is set to be a brilliant event, bringing wonderful memories back into the community that made them.

“It will also offer a unique experience to look back on different eras of fashion through the photos and the dresses on display.”

“If you haven’t already sent in a photo, we’d ask that you bring along a copy over the weekend and we’ll be happy to display it.”

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

During the Sunday service, which starts at 9.30am, the church is inviting any couple, who wish to do so, to renew their vows. Prosecco will be on sale in the church hall afterwards to toast the special occasion.

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 over the weekend.