Belmont church’s 162 years of wedding bells
NEARLY 200 people descended on a church in Belmont for a celebration of weddings through the years.
The weekend event at St Peter’s Church on the edge of the village saw people come from far and wide to admire 22 wedding dresses as well as many photographs and associated memorabilia.
The event raised an estimated £1,600 which will be going towards repairs to the church building.
The exhibition charted all the weddings that have taken place at St Peter’s — from the first in 1851 to the present day.
One of the organisers, Rosemary Newman, said: “The event went very well indeed — we took a lot of money and I think people found it very interesting.”
Rosemary’s daughter, Kathryn Moore came up with the idea after seeing a similar event in Scotland.
Rosemary said: “She just rang me up and said ‘I’ve got a great idea for St Peter’s’ — and she was right.
“She drove down from Scotland, where she lives, to see the exhibition and was very impressed.”
The earliest dress on display belonged to Amy Rowell, who married Howard Hill in 1940, and another notable display dress was worn by Anna Coward, who married former Bolton Wanderers legend Jimmy Phillips in 1990.
Another organiser, Edna Aspden, aged 70 has a special connection with the church — she was married there in 1965 and her daughter tied the knot at the church last year.
Her own wedding dress and her daughters’ bride and bridesmaid dress were featured in the exhibition.
She said: “My dress was on display as was my daughters and her twin sister’s bridesmaid dress — we certainly have a lot of history with St Peter’s.
“Organising the day was a mammoth task for all involved but I really enjoyed the researching process and collecting the old photographs because I have lived here all my life and known so many people.
“The organising team are very grateful to everyone showed their support.”
The exhibition took place across the whole weekend, with a special all-age service on the Sunday focusing on the theme of marriage.
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