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Saturday 31 May 1947 – Wedding of Lucy Mary Keen at Badsey

Category Hatches, Matches and Despatches » Marriages
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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St James’ Church, Badsey, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Saturday when Miss Lucy Mary Keen, youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs T Keen of 2 Synehurst, Badsey, was married to Mr Elfryn Lewis Williams, youngest son of Mrs E Williams and the late Mr Williams of 18 Maesyrhai Place, Loughor, near Swansea.

Well known in Badsey, the bridge is the daughter of a popular market gardener.  She was educated at Badsey Council School, and is at present on the staff of the Ministry of Supply. The bridegroom, who has resided in Badsey for the past twelve months, served in the Royal Air Force during the last war.  He has seen nine years' service, five of which have been in South Africa. He was educated at Loughor Council School near Swansea and is at present working on the staff of Messrs Wheeler & Mansell of Evesham. The Vicar of Badsey (Rev J G Jeffreys) officiated and Mr H King at the organ played the Bridal March from "Lohengrin", also Mendelsshon's “Wedding March” and as the happy couple left the church, the hymn, "Lead us Heavenly Father, Lead us" was sung. 

The bride, who was given away by her father, Mr T Keen, was charmingly attired in a gown of silk and satin with silver trimmings and veil held in place with a coronet of orange blossom with silver leaves trimmings. She carried a bouquet of red tulips and lily of the valley with trailing fern. She was attended by Mrs E Silvester, sister of the bride, as matron of honour, who wore an apple green water colour silk dress with feathered head-dress to match.  Miss R Silvester (friend of bride), who was attired in mauve taffeta with head-dress to match, Mss Valerie Keen (niece), dressed in gold satin, and Miss Marion Jells (cousin), attired in green satin, both wearing head-dresses to match. All the bridal attendants carried posies of pale pink carnations and lily of the valley bouquets w:th trailing maidenhair fern.  Mr J Brailsford of Badsey, friend of the bridegroom, was best man. 

Upwards of 40 guests attended the reception which was held at the Royal Oak Assembly Room. Badsey, and the happy couple were the recipients of numerous presents. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a silver charm bracelet and the bride's gift to the bridegroom a silver signet ring. The bridegroom's presents to the bridesmaids consisted of ear-rings and charm bracelets. 

The honeymoon is being spent in Swansea, the bride travelling in a blue two-piece with trimmings of white and gold. 

On leaving the church, Mr & Mrs Williams were presented with a silver horseshoe by Master Patrick Bott and the local band of ringers rang a wedding peal during the afternoon. Their future temporary home will be at 2 Synehurst, Badsey. Telegrams were received by the couple from the bridegroom's mother, sister and brother, who were unable to attend.  

The following announcement also appeared in the newspaper:

On May 24, at St James’ Church, Badsey, by the Rev J G Jeffreys, Elfryn Lewis, youngest son of Mrs Eleanor Williams of Loughor, near Swansea, to Mary, youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs T Keen, 2 Synehurst, Badsey.