Wedding bells at exhibition

A CHURCH hall was dressed to impress as it highlighted various wedding dresses over the decades.

St Columba’s United Reformed Church threw open its doors with an exhibition of wedding dresses and other significant life events and anniversaries.

They included baptisms, 18th and 21st birthdays, graduations, whole lives, the 25th Anniversary of St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle, the 90th Anniversary of the Royal British Legion, and the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible.

The exhibition – opened by Cmdr Elizabeth Bryson, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear – featured around 30 dresses and wedding outfits dating from 1951 to 2009, as well as host of other memorabilia, including photographs and information about each display.

The building was decked out in flags, bunting, and red, white and blue balloons.

Refreshments served in the church hall even included red, white and blue cup cakes from the Love Bakery in Kings Road, London.

The day was rounded off with a celebration concert, featuring a varied programme of music, ranging from classical to jazz to folk, including Northumbrian pipes, interspersed with readings and stories, some humorous, and some thought-provoking.