Proud day for delighted vicar as he walks daughter down the aisle

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PROUD father Chris Collison will walk his daughter down the aisle today as she ties the knot to the love of her life.

And then Reverend Collison will quickly pull on his robes and carry out the service as the vicar of St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland.

“I’m going to be very proud,” beamed Rev Collison ahead of this afternoon’s service at the picturesque church.

“It’s going to be an absolutely delightful day I’m sure.”

Sarah Anne-Marie Collison, 25, and her husband-to-be Andrew Shipley, 20, who works for the police, live in Garforth, in Leeds.

But Sarah, who works as a nursery practitioner, didn’t have to think twice about heading north for her big day.

“I guess I’ve always wanted my dad to walk me down the aisle and then carry out the service as the vicar,” admitted Sarah.

“St Hilda’s is a lovely church and I know it’s going to be a very proud day for my dad.

“I just hope he doesn’t start filling up during the service,” she laughed.

Rev Collison’s colleague Verity Brown will kindly carry out the opening stages of the service while the vicar changes into his robes after he walks Sarah down the aisle.

And the 65-year-old will keep his robes on for the photographs at the church after the service before another change ahead of the reception at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield.

Rev Collison, who is married to Anne, said: “There are lots of people coming, all of both of the families will be here so it’s going to be absolutely lovely.

“As soon as Sarah got engaged and started the planning for the wedding she asked if I could do the service, I was obviously delighted.”

Sarah and Andrew met when they both worked at an outdoor centre in Northampton, around two and a half years ago.

After tying the knot today, the happy couple are looking forward to jetting out to Morocco on Monday for their honeymoon.