HOLDING hands and looking into each other’s eyes as couples reaffirmed their wedding vows, many were transported back to the day they originally said ‘I do’.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, in Crookhorn Lane, Waterlooville, was one of many venues which took part in a world record breaking attempt on Saturday.
In total, 43 couples reaffirmed their vows at exactly 5.15pm– along with scores of others across the country, to beat the current record of 1,087.
Former Pompey player Bill Albury, 80, and his wife Mary, who have been together for 60 years, decided to be part of the bid.
Mr Albury, who was a Blues midfielder from 1949 to 1959, remembers he got married during the football season.
He said: ‘We weren’t allowed to get married during the season, but on March 27, 1954, we got married on the Saturday, anyway.
‘We went to Brighton that night for our honeymoon, and then I left Mary on her own on the following Tuesday and Thursday, so I could go back for training.’
Mrs Albury admitted she wasn’t a football fan at the time, but is now a Pompey season ticket holder.
The pair have three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandson.
Mrs Albury said: ‘We never go to sleep on an argument, and don’t dwell on things that have been said.
‘Once we have got something off our chests, it’s forgotten.’
The Big Promise was created by Christian group Time for Marriage, which aims to support marriage.
Member Eileen Jones, who has been married to her husband Barrie for 48 years, said: ‘This was a chance for people to reflect on their relationships. We were so pleased with how many couples came along, and we think we are on course to break the record with 2,000 couples.’
Young couple Michelle Sparks, 33, and Daniel, 35, of Purbrook Gardens, Waterlooville, have been married for seven years. Both work as officers for the Metropolitan Police and have four children.
Mrs Sparks said: ‘As Daniel had been married before, we never got married in a church and we both have busy work lives.
‘So we wanted to take part in this as it’s in a church.’