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Rushden Echo, 31st July 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins
Richardson – Bates
Popular Rushden Wedding
A very pretty wedding, and one of great interest locally, took place yesterday at St Mary’s Church, Rushden, when there was a large congregation present to see Miss Florence Mary Bates, only child of Mr and Mrs W C Bates, of 20 Denmark-road, Rushden, wedded to Mr Charles Albert Richardson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs W Richardson, of Glassbrook-road, Rushden. The Rector, the Rev P E Robson, R.D., performed the ceremony. The bride is well known in the district as an accomplished piano player, and enjoys great popularity amongst a large circle of friends. The bridegroom is also well known, particularly as a footballer for the Higham F.C.

Given away by her father, the bride was attired in ivory crepe silvier, with an overlay of pleated georgette, and trimmed with pearls. She wore a bridal fall of white tulle worked with silver lilies, and the headwork was of pearls and orange-blossom. She also wore a string of pearls and carried a bouquet of dark red roses with streamers of red roses and maidenhair fern, both the gifts of the bridegroom.

Four bridesmaids waited upon the bride, these being Miss Frances Ainge (cousin of the bride), Miss May Cross (friend of the bride), who were dressed in powder-blue French crepe with black picture hats and crowns of blue velvet forget-me-nots, and Miss Frances Timpson (cousin of the bride), and Miss Edith Richardson (sister of the bridegroom), who were gowned in pink French crepe, with black picture hats and pink roses. The two first bridesmaids had bouquets of pink sweet-peas and maidenhair fern and wore brooches, and two latter had bouquets of mauve sweet-peas and maidenhair with streamers and wore gold signet rings, the flowers and jewellery being gifts of the bridegroom. Mr Fred Richardson, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man, and at the organ Mr J Enos Smith played suitable festive music, and as the happy couple left the church he played the “Wedding March.” The hymn “O Love Divine” was sung by the congregation. The church had been beautifully decorated with carnations and maidenhair fern.

Following the service about 40 guests assembled at the Waverley Hotel, Rushden, where the charmingly decorated tables arranged by Mrs Willmott, the manageress, were much admired. Subsequently Mr and Mrs Richardson left by car for Sharnbrook, where they caught the train for Bournemouth, where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride travelled in a two-piece royal blue silk marocain dress trimmed with ... painted flowers, and hat to match, the motors were supplied by Messrs Lawrence and Richardson. Amongst the numerous costly presents received were a massive brass coal-vase from the bride’s fellow-workers at Messrs Walter Sargent’s, of Crabb-street, and a mahogany overmantel from the clicking room of Messrs Nurrish and Pallett, where the bridegroom works.

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