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U3A Writing: Wedding Memories

...At the station when my husband asked for a ticket for his wife but could not produce an allowance book, the tough skipper of a patrol boat in the Royal Navy became an embarrassed young bridegroom, very conscious of his new status as a husband...

Peggy MacKay recalls her wedding day.

A typical September day, sunshine and showers, me in my borrowed wedding gown, lent to me by a friend who had been married the previous year. These were the days of clothing coupons and scarcities, so having borrowed my white satin gown and veil, I could have a new outfit to go on honeymoon.

My plain black halo hat had been trimmed by my sister to look festive, and a new dress, coat and accessories, even to satin underwear. I was equipped to start life as a newly married with all the wisdom of my twenty-and-a-half years.

I can't remember the hymns apart from the usual "Love Divine", but I can remember almost every word of Mr Marsh's (the vicar of St Andrews Church, Stainland), address. He was known to me from a schoolgirl, as I used to go to church with our next door neighbour in the evenings, but to my own Methodist Church in the morning. Funny the word 'ecumenical' wasn't in the language then.

Mr Marsh smiled kindly and said he sincerely hoped we would be happy, but to remember that though the sun was shining on us at the moment, it wouldn't always shine, and there would be dark days too. Our flowers were roses and they were beautiful, but they had thorns too, just like life. I thought about his words during the years after when life was difficult and hard, but I never regretted my choice, nor would I have changed it.

At the station when my husband asked for a ticket for his wife but could not produce an allowance book, the tough skipper of a patrol boat in the Royal Navy became an embarrassed young bridegroom, very conscious of his new status as a husband. And so we started our new life together, going to Northumberland on honeymoon.

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