|Wellingborough News, 25th February 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins
MARRIAGE AT HIGHAM FERRERS
On Tuesday morning the marriage of Mr. Amos Cave, second son of Mr. John Cave, shoe manufacturer, of Rushden, to Miss Sarah Spong, youngest daughter of the late Mr. James Spong, of Higham Ferrers, was celebrated in the Parish Church in the presence of at least one thousand persons, the church being literally crammed in every part, great numbers standing on the seats. A great many visitors came from Rushden and the other villages in the neighbourhood to witness the ceremony. The bridal party were conveyed to and from the church in three carriages supplied from the Hind Hotel, at Wellingborough. The bridesmaids were the Misses Cave and the Misses Randall, nieces of the bride; and Mr. W. Spong acted as best man. The bride was dressed in a silver grey satin dress with orange blossoms and bridal veil, and carried a choice bouquet of flowers. The bridesmaids wore white cashmere and satin with gashes, with hats to match. The Rev. E. Templeman, the vicar of the parish, officiated. During the ceremony Master Beloe sang "Angels ever bright and fair," (Handel). The whole of the school children were formed in line on either side of the path to the church and Miss. Marriott played a grand wedding march on the organ as the party left the edifice amidst a perfect shower of rice. The bells also struck up a merry peal. The wedding breakfast was laid at the house of the bride's mother, after which the happy pair started en route for Bournemouth to spend their honeymoon. The presents were numerous and costly, and included a handsome electro tea and coffee service the gift of Messrs. Cave's workpeople at Rushden.
On the afternoon of the same day the workpeople in the employ of Messrs. Cave and Sons were entertained to an excellent knife and fork tea in the New Hall, at Rushden. Upwards of 300 sat down, the large hall being well filled. After tea an entertainment was given under the presidency of Mr. John Cave. The proceedings were opened with a hymn and prayer, and the Chairman then expressed his pleasure at meeting so large a company of their workpeople, and his thankfulness to God that they had been kept free from accidents. He hoped they would all continue to enjoy good health, and he recommended those who had not yet become abstainers to do so, and instead of going to the public-house to use the coffee-tavern. In conclusion he thanked them one and all for their kind present to his son upon the occasion of his marriage. Mr. Fisher then played "The Wedding March," and Mr. Longman, of Yardley Hastings, gave a short address, in which he attributed the success of Rushden to the temperance principles of the little band who had worked so long and nobly in the movement. A well-rendered duet by Messrs. J. Farey and J. Mackness followed, and Mr. J. West then gave a recitation. The next item upon the programme was a well-executed performance upon the concertina by Mr. Battle, and Mr. Paul Cave then gave a short speech thanking the workpeople in his brother's name for their handsome present, and briefly dwelling upon the good relations which had always existed between the firm and their workpeople. Subsequently songs were given by Messrs. Jolly, Rice, Durham, and Clark and a dialogue by Messrs. B. Vorley, J. Knight, J. Mackness, and G. Perkins.