1940′s wedding and picnic raises £700 for hospice

1940s Wedding group with chimney sweep and policeman

We’ve had an interesting email from Elizabeth Beck about the 1940’s wedding and picnic tea-dance which was held recently in Hillington, and raised about £700 for Tapping House Hospice:

1940s_wedding2“A grand day was had by all, and included the presence of a lucky chimney sweep who arrived at the church of St Mary, Hillington, complete with trade bike, brushes and soot ! ! The majority of guests dressed in period style and these included a Women’s Land Army girl, a jolly policeman (who promptly “arrested” the groom for….something or other !!!) the aforesaid sweep, a spiv or two, a handful of American GI’s as well as chaps from the RAF, and many smart ladies resplendent in their seamed stockings, hats and fur stoles. The ladies (including the bride) were escorted by equally smart civilian men (presumably “on leave” or “on a Blighty”) in trilby hats, wide-legged trousers with braces to hold ’em up, and the popular wide-shouldered arrow-lapelled jackets of the period, with waistcoat and pocket-watch.

1940s_wedding4The bride (myself) wore an original late 1930’s ivory embossed satin gown which swept the floor and was tied at the back in softly draping folds from broad padded shoulders. Long sleeves pointed at the wrists, and the tiny shawl collar bore witness to the style typical of the period, and around her neck the bride wore an original pearl art deco necklace which complimented the delicate pearls of her earrings and vintage satin shoes. Pearls also shone from the tilted brim of her vintage American hat, delicately scalloped and embellished with ivory silk flowers. A cascading bouquet of red wine carnations and ivory calla lillies interspersed with delicate cream lace, variegated ivy and fern, completed the outfit.

The Tea Dance Picnic raised approximately £700 (t.b.c.) for Tapping House Hospice, and was enjoyed by a full audience of dancers and non-dancers alike. The wedding cake proved difficult to cut at first, due to the top tier being traditionally cardboard iced over. Friends and family had saved their rations for months to ensure enough fruit for the main cake.

1940s_wedding3Prizes for the best dressed in period costume included: a tin of Spam, loose tea, a small bag of sugar, American cigarettes, chocolate (possibly black market rather than Black Magic ??)”


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