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Rushden Echo, 20th October 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Butts – Goodliffe

The marriage took place at St. Peter’s Church, Rushden, on Tuesday, by special licence, of Miss Mabel Beatrice Goodliffe, eldest daughter of the late Mr. H. Goodliffe and Mrs. Goodliffe, of 1, Westbourne-grove, Rushden, and Corpl. John Robert Butts (Northants Regt.) only son of Mr. John Butts, of Kettering.  The Rev. P. J. Richards officiated.

The bride was given away by her uncle, Mr. Jos. Greaves, and was tastefully gowned in white silk, with wreath of orange blossom and bridal veil kindly lent by Mrs. Cowley (Higham Ferrers).  She carried a handsome shower bouquet of white lilies, roses and chrysanthemums, the gift of the bridegroom.

The bridesmaids were six in number, and comprised the Misses Lily, Lizzie, and Nellie Goodliffe (sisters of the bride), Annie and Mabel Greaves (cousins of the bride), and Martha Green (friend of the bride).  Misses Lily and Lizzie Goodliffe wore pretty dresses of white silk with pale blue hats.  Miss Annie Goodliffe was also robed in white silk with white leghorn hat, and Miss Mabel Greaves, who was similarly attired, wore a hat of black velour.  Miss Nellie Goodliffe and Miss Martha Green were attired in dove grey slip dresses with pale blue silk blouses, the former wearing a black velour hat and the latter a black velvet one.  Pte. Isaac Hughes (R.W.F.) ably discharged the duties of best man.

A reception at the Oakley Arms followed the ceremony.  The bridegroom was formerly a member of the Rushden Church Institute F.C.  Corporal and Mrs. Butts were the recipients of many useful wedding gifts, including a handsome tea service from the employees in the finishing and packing rooms of the Coxton Shoe Company, where the bride was employed.

Amongst the guests at the reception was the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Greaves, who is 89 years of age.  It was hoped that the bride’s brother, Pte. W. Goodliffe (Leicestershire Regt.), who is home from the front wounded, would have been present at the ceremony, but unfortunately the hospital authorities could not grant him leave.

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