Sunderland Minster stages world record wedding vows attempt

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LOVE is in the air as Sunderland Minster attempts to set a new world record for wedding vows.

The city centre church will be taking part in a nationwide attempt to set a new world record for couples reaffirming their wedding vows.

The initiative is part of Marriage Week UK, which starts today and runs until Valentine’s Day, and has been organised by the BIG Promise, an initiative committed to celebrating, supporting and strengthening marriage.

The Minster is the only church in the region taking part and tomorrow couples will be invited to reaffirm their vows before enjoying afternoon tea and light entertainment, as they celebrate marriage together.

The event begins at 5pm, with vow renewal at 5.15pm.

The world record stands at 1,087 couples. In order to count as record-breakers, couples will need to bring their wedding certificate and one other form of photo ID.

The Reverend Fiona Collin, a newly-ordained Curate at the Minster, said: “This event will offer couples the opportunity to celebrate and share their good news stories.

“My husband Neil and I will be taking the opportunity reaffirming 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, seems perfect timing.”

All enquiries from anyone wishing to take part can be made to Sunderland Minster office on Tel. 565 4066.