Couple who were the first to be married in 100-year-old church on the Norfolk/Suffolk border celebrate their golden wedding

Gloria and Anthony Swainston were the first couple married in All Hallows Church, Pinhow Street, , w

Gloria and Anthony Swainston were the first couple married in All Hallows Church, Pinhow Street, , which is now a private home.The couple have celebrated their golden anniversary.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

A couple who made headlines when they got married in a church on the Norfolk/Suffolk border have celebrated their golden wedding.

Anthony and Gloria Swainston were married at All Hallows Church in Pinhow Street, near Bungay.

Although the church was 100 years old, their wedding was the first to be held at the beautiful building close to the River Waveney.

Couples in the area were married at nearby St Mary's Church, Ditchingham, but because the building and organ were being renovated in 1965 a special licence had to be obtained.

'It made our wedding that bit more special and we both look back to that time with so many fond memories,' said Mrs Swainston, 71.


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'Because it was the first wedding to be held in the church since it opened in 1865 our wedding was reported in the Beccles and Bungay Journal and other newspapers.

'It was a lovely occasion and other couples also got married at All Hallows,' she said.

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The couple live a few hundred yards from the former church, which is now a private house, in Pinhow Street.

Mr Swainston, 73, worked at the nearby maltings for nearly 40 years before he retired.

The couple have two children and six grandchildren.

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