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Saturday 17 February 1934 – Wedding of Lilian May Sparrow at Badsey

Category Hatches, Matches and Dispatches » Marriages
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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The wedding took place at St James’ Church on Saturday of Miss Lilian May Sparrow, youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs W D Sparrow of Cothome and Mr Walter Leonard Bott, youngest son of the late Mr H Bott of Clematis Cottage, Bidford-on-Avon.  The ceremony was conducted by the Vicar (Canon Allsebrook).  The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in an ivory coloured dress of silk marocain with wreath and veil trimmed with orange blossom, and she also wore white satin shoes to tone.  Her bouquet comprised red and white tulips with maidenhair fern.  She carried an ivory prayer book (the gift of the |Badsey branch of the Girls’ Friendly Society).  The chief bridesmaid was Miss Audrey Keen (the bride’s niece), who was dressed in powder-blue crepe suede and a mop cap trimmed with silver leaves.  She carried a bouquet of pink and white tulips and maidenhair fern.  The bride was also attended by Miss Mary Keen (her niece), Miss Ruth Collett (her cousin) and Master Roy Pratley (friend).  The Misses Keen and Collett wore ankle-length dresses of powder-blue crepe suede, mop caps trimmed with silver leaves and carried posies of anemones.  Master Roy Pratley was dressed in a blue velvet suit with a white satin blouse and black patent shoes.  He carried a silver horseshoe which he presented to the bride as she left the church.  The bride was presented with a second silver horseshoe by Master Norman Collett, her cousin.  The duties of best man were carried out by Mr Sidney Bott (brother of the groom).  The service was fully choral, the choir singing “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” as the bride entered the church.  The hymn, “Through all the changing scenes of life” was sung during the service.  As the bride and bridegroom left the church the bellringers “clapped” the bells.  A reception was held at the home of the bride’s brother-in-law and sister, Mr & Mrs T Keen.  Both the bride and groom are very well known in the district.  For over six years the bride has been a member of the Badsey branch of the Girls’ Friendly Society.  The bridegroom is a talented cricketer, for several years being a member f the Bidford Cricket Club, while for the past two years he has been a member of the Badsey cricket team.  For several years he was a member of St Lawrence Church choir, Bidford.  Mr & Mrs Bott will make their future home at 4 Salford Road, Bidford-on-Avon.