IT'S not every day you hear about a mother marrying her son.
But that's what the Rev Christine Bullimore will be doing on Friday, July 29.
But it's not a total surprise.
She will be performing the wedding ceremony at St Michael's Church in Emley for her son, Andrew, and his bride Roberta Gillcrist.
Mrs Bullimore was ordained nine years ago and has been vicar of Emley since 1999.
She said: "I expect a few fathers have performed ceremonies for their children, but not so many mothers, because women have not been allowed to be ordained all that long.
"It is not something I would have thought to volunteer for.
"But I was amazingly flattered that he asked me and I'm delighted to do it."
Bank worker Andrew, 23, is living with his mother at Emley, along with Roberta, also 23, who is looking for work in marketing having just completed a business management degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She is from New Hampshire in the USA and moved to the UK to study, so she could be near Andrew.
The couple met several years ago, when Andrew went to do voluntary work with children for the Camp America organisation.
Roberta's parents will be travelling to Emley for the wedding, along with her two nieces, who will be bridesmaids.
As well as having his mother perform the ceremony, Andrew will have his brother Matthew, 27, who was ordained as a vicar last week, as best man.
Mrs Bullimore, a former religious education teacher, said: "To have one son ordained at the start of the month and another married at the end makes me very proud. It's very special."