Hundreds help celebrate a century of weddings at church

Philip and Karen Davison, who married in St Georges Church on July 16, 1983, with their picture that was included in the exhibition.

Philip and Karen Davison, who married in St Georges Church on July 16, 1983, with their picture that was included in the exhibition.

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A wedding exhibition celebrating more than a century of weddings at a seafront church has been hailed a success.

Hundreds of people descended on St George’s Church, in Cullercoats, for the event over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Since the start of the year, the church had been calling on those married in the Grade I-listed building, or their relatives, to send in photographs from their big day.

And organisers were delighted when they received around 200 photographs, some of which dated back almost 100 years, with some being sent from as far away as Australia, America and Canada.

The photos were displayed in the church decade by decade, forming the centrepiece of the church’s event, ‘Walking down the aisle – 130 years of weddings at St George’s Church, Cullercoats’.

To make the event even more special, the church also called on former brides to display their weddings dresses within the Grade I-listed building.

One dress that was exhibited was brought in by the grand daughter of the original bride who was married in the 1880s, while another was the dress of the mother of a bride who was married at St George’s on Friday, April 29.

And the weekend also included a Sunday service for the renewal of vows, where 30 couples came along and renewed their wedding vows in front of family and friends.

The wedding showcase was the idea of Canon Adrian Hughes, vicar of St George’s Church.

After the event, he said: “The event was all about opening up the church, which is at the heart of the community, to local people and that’s exactly what happened.

“I was absolutely delighted with how successful the weekend was and how many visitors we welcomed, and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to call by.

“I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to people and hearing their stories about their weddings and helping them search through the wedding registers for a record or their own wedding or those of their families.”

A number of local businesses were also keen to support the event.

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