Love was in the air in Sunderland at the weekend as the Minster took part in a nationwide attempt to set a new world record for couples reaffirming their wedding vows.
The initiative was part of Marriage Week UK, between 7th-14th February, and has been organised by the BIG Promise, an initiative committed to celebrating, supporting and strengthening marriage. Twenty one couples from across the North East took part in the event at the the Minster, which was the only church the region taking part and on Saturday 8th February. Couples were invited to reaffirm their vows before enjoying afternoon tea and light entertainment as they celebrated marriage together. The current world record stands at 1,087 couples. The Revd Fiona Collin, a newly ordained Curate at the Minster, said: “This event offered couples the opportunity to celebrate and share their good news stories. “My husband Neil and I took the opportunity to reaffirm our vows at the service. We have been married for almost 32 years, and to have this opportunity to celebrate and reaffirm our commitment to each other and to God, alongside many of our Sunderland Minster friends seemed perfect timing.” One couple taking part was Graeme & Hollie Jobes, from Ashbrooke in Sunderland. Graeme said: “We have been married 7 years and we wanted to reaffirm our vows were we regularly come for worship and because we originally married in New York at a civil ceremony, which was great but we felt we wanted to make our vows in Church. “I’m a very luck man, and Hollie has been the core that has kept me going through some tough times. What a great way to celebrate our marriage and all it means to us.”