Special project vows to bring people together

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

An iconic church is looking to bring the community together in a project celebrating more than a century of weddings.

St George’s Church, in Cullercoats, has been holding wedding ceremonies for more than 130 years.

Now, the Grade I-listed building is calling on those who were married there, or their families, to send in photographs of their big day.

Those pictures will be displayed in the church, decade by decade, forming the centrepiece of a wedding showcase weekend.

The showcase – over the May Bank Holiday weekend from April 30 to May 2 – will also feature a dress specialist, florist, cake-maker and photographer.

And the weekend will culminate with a Sunday service for couples who want to renew their vows.

Canon Adrian Hughes, vicar of St George’s Church, said: “I often speak to people, young and old, who tell me that they or a member of their family were married at the church; I thought it would be lovely to bring people together and share their happy memories with one another.

“I am longing to find the oldest photo of a wedding at the church. It would also be brilliant if we could find photos of a daughter, mother and grandmother – or a son, father and grandfather – whose marriages all took place here.”

Photos can be emailed to StGeorgesWeddings@gmail.com or via post to Reverend Adrian Hughes, The Vicarage, Beverley Gardens, Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4NS, including names and date of the wedding.

Revd Hughes added: “The wedding showcase will provide a unique experience to look back on different eras of fashion, too, and the church’s wedding registers will be on display so people can search for the record of their own wedding or those of their families.

“The project will help bring the wonderful memories back into the community that made them, and I would encourage people to send or bring along their photographs or those of their relatives married at the church.”