On Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:29:54 -0700 (PDT), "***@gmail.com
Tony Smith Prestbury Glos." <***@gmail.com> wrote:
< snip tale of bridal tardiness >
Post by ***@gmail.com Tony Smith Prestbury Glos.
Did any married umrattette ever arrive so late for her own wedding?
I think I may have mentioned before that Pa disappeared on the morning
of his wedding.
My parental units tied the knot in Ma's home town - a small mill town
north of Keighley. There was only one wedding car in the town, so the
practice was for the car to collect the groom and deliver him to the
church, then go to fetch the bride.
The nuptials took place on the Saturday before Christmas almost 60
years ago. As it was cold, Pa had packed a pair of thick light grey
woollen socks to wear. As he was dressing in the morning, his father
came in and decreed the socks to be unsuitable as they didn't match
the charcoal grey suit.
Pa and his brother, who was acting as Best Man, decided to go and buy
some new socks before the ceremony and they walk to the church.
Unfortunately, they didn't bother to inform anyone of their plan. So
when the car turned up, neither was to be found and nobody knew where
they were. Some enterprising person must have thought to make
enquiries at the church, where they had arrived on foot some time
earlier, so the car was eventually sent off to pick up the bridal
If photographic evidence is to be believed, everyone finally turned up
and the deed was done. There is a photo of everyone who attended the
wedding and reception - 35 includng their two small godchildren. Ma
can still name everyone in the picture except the one person who is
standing directly behind Ma and whose face is obscured by Ma's veil.