St Peter’s Church Preston, was a delightful and very popular place for weddings. My wife lived with her parents at the Preston Park Hotel (as it was then called) in Havelock Road so we qualified to get married there on 11 September 1965. We were married by the Reverend Vernon Kyrke, a priest of great character I recall. He was never afraid to speak his mind and his sermons were certainly not dull. Our first son was baptised there in 1969 and he cried through most of the service along with a number of other babies who were being baptised as well.
We live away from Brighton now and were sorry to see that, some years ago, the church was no longer being used for regular worship but remains a consecrated building in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Then, a couple of years ago, the trust magazine had an article showing that local people were striving to open it for visitors on a regular basis which is really excellent.
I thought I would get in first with a wedding photograph which is of course ours.