LOVE is in the air for a couple hoping it will be third time lucky for them.
The nerves are mounting for Chris and Dave Fletcher as they gear up to renew their wedding vows at a special Valentine’s wedding renewal service.
They are hoping Sunday’s service will bring to an end the curse of the rings, which has followed them round since they wed in May.
Dave, 51, and Chris, 48, of Gilesgate, exchanged their vows during a spectacular ceremony at St Giles’ Church, Durham.
But little did Chris know that when Dave slipped the ring on to her finger the trouble was about to strike.
Chris said: “It rained in the morning, which is supposed to be lucky, but the sun came out in the afternoon for the service. It was a really lovely day.
“In the days after the service, my wedding ring finger started to get itchy, but I assumed I had been bitten by a mosquito when we were on honeymoon in Crete.
“It kept itching and I went to the pharmacist who said he thought I had got some soap trapped behind it, but I was not going to take the ring off.
“All Dave’s love for me was in that ring. I was determined to keep wearing it.
“We tried everything, but it eventually got so bad that the pharmacist said he thought I was allergic to the nickel in the white gold in the ring and I had to take it off.
“I was absolutely devastated. That ring meant so much to me.”
Chris managed to change the ring for an 18-carat gold one and last year, the couple agreed to renew their vows at the same church.
But their new date was also to be doomed and an hour before the event, Dave sliced through his thumb while doing some DIY.
“The new ring did not have Dave’s promise in it, so it was really important that we renewed our vows,” said Chris.
“But the time the ceremony was supposed to take place we were in A&E.
“Time passed, then it was Christmas and we still hadn’t had my ring blessed, which was when we heard the Bishop of Jarrow would be taking couples’ renewed vows at the church.”
On Sunday, Chris and Dave will join other couples who either live in Gilesgate or got married at the church, to take part in the Celebration of Marriage service.
Couples will be given the chance to renew their wedding vows and have their wedding blessed by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Rt Rev Mark Bryant.
™ To take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the Rev Julia Candy on 384 8853.