IT was a case of history repeating itself when a happy couple from South Tyneside renewed their wedding vows.
The same vicar, the same organist and even the same photographer were on hand when Joan and John Jackson celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary at St Paul’s Church, Jarrow.
Last weekend’s service was officiated by the Reverend Canon Jeremy Martineau, who married the couple at the historic Jarrow church, on May 25, 1974.
Original organist Syd Harrison, meanwhile, again played Morning, by Edvard Grieg, the same music played on their wedding day, 40 years ago.
Completing the perfect marital match was Jarrow photographer Paul Perry, who recreated the wedding picture he took, at the exact spot outside the old church, in Church Bank, Jarrow.
Mrs and Mrs Jackson, both 64, of Ford Crescent, Jarrow, invited more than 20 family and friends to their ruby wedding celebration.
Mrs Jackson, a retired teacher, said: “We’d had the idea of renewing our vows ever since celebrating our pearl wedding anniversary, and it was great to get everyone back together.
“Although Jeremy Martineau had left St Paul’s by 1974, we’d been involved in his youth group there and he came back to marry John and I.
“We’ve kept in touch over the years and it was wonderful he could be there to take the ceremony.
“I remember Syd Harrison told me to buy the sheet music for Grieg’s Morning from Windows in Newcastle in 1974 and he played the very same piece for our wedding anniversary.
“Paul Perry took our wedding photographs and even took us outside the church entrance to recreate the picture he took, with John and I holding the original wedding photograph from 1974.”
The ruby wedding couple, who have two grandchildren, thanked son Andrew and daughter Gina for all their support.
Following the service at St Paul’s Church, Mr and Mrs Jackson enjoyed an anniversary stay at Linden Hall, near Morpeth, Northumberland.