‘In that look they’ve said a thousand words’ - married couples renew their vows at Great Yarmouth wedding fair

A wedding fair at Great Yarmouth Minster brought couples old and new together.

While the newly engaged browsed stalls, tasted cakes and spoke to wedding singers at one of the parish church, six couples who tied the knot years ago came to renew their marriage vows.

Among the couple's who took part in the joint service were Cath and Dennis Boot, of Seafield Road North in Caister-on-Sea.

The couple, who married on March 4 1961, renewed their vows after 53 years of marriage.

'It was lovely and the church looks beautiful,' said Cath, 78.


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She and husband Dennis, 77, said they had heard about the Minster service and thought 'why not'.

'It's never too late,' said Cath.

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The couple were supported by friends and family who had travelled to Yarmouth for today's special occasion.

Also back at the alter were David and Carol Comer, of Gorleston. The couple, who married at Gorleston register office 50 years ago on November 21, have not only renewed their vows but will next month mark their Golden anniversary with a trip on the Orient Express.

And like many married couples tasked with sharing the secret to a long and happy union, their advice to those just starting out was simple: don't go to bed on an argument.

'We've never had a row,' said Mr Comer.

'And if you believe that you believe in fairies.'

The service, lead by the Rev Chris Terry, included a reading of the Song of Solomon and hymns.

Rev Terry said the importance of love in human lives was clear when you see a long-married couple.

'You might see an elderly couple exchange a look but say nothing,' he said.

'And in that look they've said a thousand words. They've said 'I still love you after all these years... even if you are sometimes a silly old fool'.'

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