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Vows about that! Couples re-tie the knot at church on eve of Valentine's Day.

Byline: SAM CASEY

MARRIED couples were invited to re-tie the knot at a special service on the eve of Valentine's Day.

St Philip the Apostle Church in Halifax Road, Birchencliffe, gave them the chance to reaffirm their commitment by renewing their vows yesterday.

Couples also brought in their old wedding photos to display on the walls of the church.

Geoff Warner, 83, and his wife Celia, 81, are still going strong after 59 years of marriage.

The Lindley couple, who met as teenagers at Lindley tennis club, married at St Philip's in July, 1951, and were invited to return for yesterday's service.

"It was quite emotional - I had a little tear in my eye," Celia said.

"They made us very welcome," Geoff added.

Asked about the success of their marriage, he added: "We're still pals."

Brian and Barbara Macer, of Salendine Nook, met through attending the church.

They were both widowed before marrying there 12 years ago this month.

Brian, 76, said: "When you have been married before and then you marry again you have to adjust your ways.

"We do very little apart and people who don't know our history think we must have been married a lot longer than we have."

Claire and Martyn Cooper-Jones, of Lindley, married at St Philip's in July, 2004.

Martyn, 39, missed last year's Valentine's Day ceremony because their son, Harrison, now four, had to be taken to hospital.

Claire, 36, said: "It was really nice to be able to renew our vows this year because of what happened last year and all that we've been through with Harrison.

"There's a really lovely family atmosphere and it's a great occasion."

The vicar the Rev Janet Sargent said she and husband Dennis, who have been married for 18 years, would be celebrating Valentine's Day with a bottle of champagne.

She added: "The service was a celebration of love because this week is not only Valentine's Day, but National Marriage Week which is a celebration of the institution of marriage.

"Marriage is about commitment and promising to be faithful to one person for the rest of your life which is not an easy thing to do."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 14, 2011
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