Couple from Duns Tew and Oxford left ‘amazed’ at wedding day similarities

And 40 years on, from left to right: Ernie and Gina Phipps with Chris and Gordon Hunt. NNL-150717-171945001
And 40 years on, from left to right: Ernie and Gina Phipps with Chris and Gordon Hunt. NNL-150717-171945001

Two couples who recently celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary share some amazing coincidences about their special day.

Gina Phipps and Chris Hunt both worked together at the former Cowley Hospital in Oxford back in the 1970s and as the pair became friends they found out they shared the same wedding day of July 19 1975.

Ernie and Gina Phipps of Duns Tew on their wedding day on July 19 1975. NNL-150717-171915001

Ernie and Gina Phipps of Duns Tew on their wedding day on July 19 1975. NNL-150717-171915001

But as they started to find out more about each others day, not only did they share the same wedding date they were the same age when they got married, got married at 2.30pm, had their brother give them away and even had a 13-year-old niece from Scotland as a bridesmaid.

Mrs Phipps, who lives at Manor Farm in Duns Tew, celebrated her milestone with her husband Ernie and family and friends. She said: “I think it is quite amazing. We just got talking and when we found out all these things that were the same I couldn’t believe it.

“It is great fun. We always meet up every year for a meal to celebrate the occasion and even if there isn’t a particular theme for the year we just make one up.”

Mr and Mrs Phipps were married at St Mary’s Church in Steeple Barton and Mr Phipps’ wife-to-be was given away by her eldest brother Philip Simpson. Her then 13-year-old niece from Scotland was Sharon Thompson. They have two children, Louise and Becky, and two grandchildren, Ellie and Freddie.

Gordon and Chris Hunt on their wedding day in Lancashire on July 19 1975. NNL-150717-171928001

Gordon and Chris Hunt on their wedding day in Lancashire on July 19 1975. NNL-150717-171928001

Mrs Hunt and her husband Gordon now live in Cowley and were marriedin Darwen, Lancashire. The future Mrs Hunt was given away by her late brother Barry Harwood and her 13-year-old niece at the ceremony was Lynne Harwood. The couple have two children and two grandchildren, with a third one expected next month.

The group will have a weekend away in September and Mrs Hunt said: “We have always exchanged gifts on the day of our anniversaries but we think it is amazing, there are so many small things that are the same.”