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Friday 13 March 1959 – Wedding of Valerie Gerrish at Badsey

Category Hatches, Matches and Despatches » Marriages
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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The marriage took place at St James’ Church, Badsey, on Saturday of Miss Valerie Dianne Gerrish, only daughter of Mr & Mrs F J Gerrish of 29 Windermere Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham, and Mr Reginald Arthur Hunt, second son of Mr & Mrs Hunt of Abbots Salford.  The bride is also a granddaughter of Mr & Mrs T C Keen of 2 Synehurst, Badsey.

 The service was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev Peter Braby, and Mrs G W Marshall was organist for the singing of the hymn, “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us”.

The bride was given away by her father and she was attired in a dress of ivory Brussels lace over taffeta with a headdress of orange blossom and lace veil and she carried a bouquet of yellow roses, freesias and fern.

She was attended by Mrs Mary Williams, her aunt, as matron of honour, and three bridesmaids:  Miss Janet Evans (her friend) and Miss Marilyn Williams and Miss Margaret Williams (her cousins).  Both Mrs Williams and Miss Evans wore dresses of nylon over taffeta with white accessories, and carried bouquets of pink carnations, blue freesias and heather.  The Misses Williams wore dresses of gold brocade taffeta with white accessories and carried posies of carnations and freesias.  Mr Donald Thomas, of Bidford-on-Avon, a friend of the bridegroom, was best man.

As the bride left the church she was presented with five lucky horseshoes and a wooden spoon by cousins and friends.
A reception was held in Badsey Remembrance Hall where 50 guests were entertained.  Later the couple left for their honeymoon in Oxford, the bride travelling in a beige dress with pink coat and beige accessories. Their future home will be The Caravan, Abbots Salford. 

The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a cross and chain and to the bridesmaids a cross and chain and bracelets, while the bride presented the bridegroom with a ring.  Among the many presents they received was a blanket from the staff of Messrs Daniel Neale’s of Cheltenham, where the bride was employed.  The bridegroom is a member of the Evesham Amateur Boxing Club.