Father conducts his own son’s wedding at Fakenham

Watching your child saying I do at their wedding can be an emotional moment, but imagine having to do that as well as conduct the marriage ceremony in front of 150 people.

The Rev Adrian Bell, Rector of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Fakenham, did just that yesterday afternoon.

The 64-year-old, who moved to Norfolk 10 years ago, led the marriage of his son, James, and Amanda Knights, both 26, in front of friends, family and parishoners.

Sticking to tradition, the bride arrived 15 minutes late at the church - not that anyone minded after seeing her walk up the aisle in a classic white dress.

James and Amanda met eight years at Fakenham Air Training Corps, when they were just 18.

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She was a sergeant and he was a private and they became friends, which soon turned into romance.

During the ceremony, the Rev Bell said: 'She told him when to march and when to stop, which he obviously liked!'

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He also divulged to the friends and family, who were at the ceremony, that his son was the biggest softy in the room after the newlyweds kissed.

The Rev Bell, whose emotion nearly got the better of him during the vows, gave the couple some advice.

'Get out there and do the things you want to do,' he said.

The pair left the church past a row of Fakenham ATC members.

Speaking at the end of the service, the Rev Bell added: 'It was very emotional because James has been very supportive by helping out during difficult times. he has always been there, regardless, and is always ready to help everyone.'

He added he was looking forward to having Amanda as a daughter-in-law and said: 'She knows her own mind.'

James and Amanda live in Dussindale, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich.

He works at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as an opthalmic medical photographer and his new wife is head of geography at Acle High School.

Amanda was born and grew up in Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, where her family still lives.

The new Mr and Mrs Bell left the church in a classic car for their reception at Binham Memorial Hall, near Blakeney.

They went to Morocco for their honeymoon and hope to travel to more countries in the future.

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