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Evening Telegraph, 3rd July, 1945, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Ball - Darnell
Airman’s Rushden Bride

  Only daughter of Mr. Arthur Darnell and the late Mrs. Darnell, of 122 Rose Hill, High-street South, Rushden, Miss Betty Darnell was married at St. Mary’s Church, Rushden, recently to L.A.C. Leonard Ernest Ball, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Ball, of Eastney, Southsea.

  The bridegroom, who was formerly stationed at Rushden, has been serving on the Continent.

  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. A. Green.

  Given away by her father, the bride made a charming figure attired in a white lace gown with a long embroidered veil, surmounted by a dainty headdress.  She wore a necklace and ear-rings (gifts of the bridegroom).  Her bouquet was of deep red roses and trailing fern.

Ball - Darnell 1945

  Miss Sylvia Ball (sister of the groom) acted as chief bridesmaid, assisted by Miss Gwen Wheeler (friend of the bride).  Both were attired in long blue taffeta dresses with net and feathered headdresses and necklaces (presents of the bridegroom), and carried bouquets of pink roses.  Two tiny maids completed the retinue.  They were little Janice Faulkner and Hilary Denton, of Rushden, who were attired in rose pink ankle-length frocks with floral spray headdresses, and wore bracelets (presents from the bridegroom).  They carried posies of pink roses.

  Cpl. George Wardell, R.A.F., of Hove, Sussex, was best man, in the absence of the bridegroom’s brother on active service.

  Little Frankie Darnell, the bride’s brother, presented the happy couple with a silver-coloured horseshoe and wooden spoons as they were leaving the church.

  A reception was held at the bride’s home and the couple were recipients of many useful presents.  A two-tier ornamental wedding cake was made specially by Mr. William Martin.

  The honeymoon is being spent on the South Coast.  The bride’s travelling attire consisted of a cornflower blue frock with an oatmeal coloured coat and navy hat.

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