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Photo gallery: Roughton Primary School children celebrate friendship at pretend wedding

16:39 18 July 2013

Pretend wedding of Roughton Primary School pupils Abigail Wilkins, 7, and Luke Everett, 6. The happy couple after the service.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Pretend wedding of Roughton Primary School pupils Abigail Wilkins, 7, and Luke Everett, 6. The happy couple after the service. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

A trip to Disneyland Paris a promise of chocolate cake and games everyday were some of the vows made by a young couple in a wedding with a difference today (Thursday).

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The fake service at St Mary’s Church, Roughton, was between Luke Everett, six, and Abigail Wilkins, seven, from St Mary’s Primary School in the village.

It took six weeks to plan and every section of the ceremony - from the artwork on the order of service and plastic flower bouquets to the speeches, vows and wedding breakfast - was organised by children in the school.

Teacher Catherine Padgett, 27, from between Worstead and North Walsham, came up with the idea after the children kept asking her questions about her wedding on August 9 at Weston Park Golf Club, Weston Longville.

She said: “It was put on to explain to the children what was happening in my life. I thought it would be a good way for them to understand the different aspects of weddings. We were all really nervous this morning but it has gone really well.

“As a church school it is important they understand about marriage. It has really strengthened our relationship with the community.”

She added: “It has been a bit hard planning two weddings.”

The bridal party was played by school pupils and included two ushers, six bridesmaids, a page boy, five flower girls, the mother and father of the bride, and an assistant priest.

Other pupils from the small school, parents and teachers watched the service, led by Rev John Smith, in which Luke and Abigail signed a friendship register.

Mr Smith it was important for the children to understand the concept of the Christian Church.

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