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Couples at Epsom Christ Church in world record attempt

Date: 21 February 2014
18 COUPLES AT EPSOM Christ Church renewed their wedding vows as part of The Big Promise world record attempt on Saturday 8 February.

They joined couples up and down the country in renewing their vows at 5.15pm on Saturday 8 as part of a National Marriage Week initiative.

The record currently stands at 1,087 couples, set in Miami University, Florida in 2009, but it is believed that The Big Promise’s attempt has already passed the 1,400 mark.

The Revd Rosemary Donovan and associate minister, the Revd Sue Curtis, both of Epsom Christ Church renewed their vows with their husbands.

The associate minister's husband, Berwick Curtis, said: "Craig and myself were in the congregation while our wives ran the service. For some people it was very emotional. I felt a twinge of emotion. I thought back over the years."

The Curtis’s have been married for 42 years, whilst another couple had been married 50 years. There were also some newlyweds taking part in the chance to reaffirm marriage vows.

The event was one of many at the church during a festival called ‘Love Fest’. Attractions included a wedding dress exhibition through the centuries with the earliest starting at 1908, a wedding prep session and an all age worship service to finish the week.

The publicity officer at the church, Denise Chamberlain renewed her vows with her husband of 31 years. She said: "It was lovely. It was just lovely to all go over what you had done before and relive the day."

The community await confirmation that a new world record has been set.

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