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Couple say 'I do' again...

A couple from Lancashire celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary by saying  'I do' a second time while raising more than £800 for Christian Aid.

Marie-Therese and Derek Hill from Upholland, Lancashire renewed their vows on April 6 at St.Teresa's church, Upholland; the same church where they were married in 1973.

But when it came to their second wedding list, there was only one thing the couple wanted - donations to Christian Aid.

Marie-Therese, 55,  is a Christian Aid stalwart who has collected for us for 15 years and the second wedding wasn't the first time she used a family occasion to help those in need.

Derek and Marie-Therese Hall'When I had my 50th birthday, I asked for donations to Christian Aid. We raised £500 that time,' said Mrs Hill.

No gifts

Marie-Therese, a teacher and Derek, a university lecturer, always like to throw a good party and decided in January that they wanted to renew their vows in style.

Marie-Therese said, 'I love Derek dearly, and I wanted him to know I really mean it, even now after 35 years of ups and downs.

'But as the plans for us renewing our vows spiralled to a fully fledged ceremony, I thought it was fitting gifts would go to Christian Aid, which has always been close to our hearts.'

Perfect day

The day itself was a triumph, it even snowed as it had done on their wedding day 35 years earlier, and the happy couple said their vows again in front of 100 family, friends and neighbours, including their four children and two grandchildren.

'It was a perfect day and everything went so well after careful planning and everyone had a good time. Let's hope the next thirty five years are as enjoyable.' said Marie-Therese.

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