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Rushden Echo Friday 8 April 1904, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Annie Elizabeth Bates and Herbert Henry May, 1904

Weddings in Rushden

At the Park-road Baptist Church, Rushden, on Monday, the marriage of Mr Hebert Henry May, formerly of Kettering, now of Rushden to Miss Annie Elizabeth Bates, second daughter of Mr John Bates, of Montague-street, Rushden, took place, the Rev. W F Harris officiating. The bride, who was given away by her father, was prettily attired in white twill Jap silk, trimmed with real Galle lace and insertion, chiffon and orange blossom; she wore sprays of orange blossom in her hair and a veil lent by Mrs Wratten; she carried a shower bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom. The chief bridesmaid, Miss Emily Bates (sister of the bride), wore a dress of white silk, trimmed with Galle insertion. The other bridesmaid were Miss Millie Cross of Blisworth (cousin of the bride), who was attired in white silk, trimmed with Valenciennes lace and ruching; Miss Annie Brown, of Retford (cousin of the bride) who wore a dress of pale blue nuns veiling trimmed with cream insertion; Miss Sarah Cross, of Retford (cousin of the bride), who was robed in pale blue nuns veiling, with trimmings of pillow lace. The bridesmaids wore black picture frame hats with ostrich feathers and carried bouquets, the gift of the bride. The groomsmen were Mr J Bates (brother of the bride) and Mr Thomas Mason (brother-in-law).

After the ceremony a reception was held at the B.W.T.A. Hall, over 60 guests being present.

The honeymoon is being spent at Retford. The brides travelling dress was of electric blue cloth, trimmed with white satin, and she wore a large black picture hat. The bridal dress, the brides travelling dress, and the chief bridesmaids dress were made by Mrs Sibley of East-grove, Rushden.

The presents were:-

Bridegroom to bride, ostrich boa

Bride to bridegroom, gold ring

Mother of bride, bedding and mattress

Father of bride, extending dining table

Miss E Bates and Mr T Surridge, walnut octagonal table

Mr and Mrs T Mason, Chippendale palm stand

Masters Charles and Cecil Mason, mahogany tea caddy

Mr J Bates, five brasses

Miss L Page, table cloth

Mr W Bates, hall rack

Mr and Mrs Brown (Retford), pair of blankets

Miss A Brown, set vases

Mr W Brown (Kirkby), cases of carvers

Mr and Mrs Heritage (Kettering), set of fire irons

Mrs and Mrs Saunders (Kettering), pair paintings

Miss M Saunders (Kettering), doyleys

Miss Bettles, gipsy table

Mrs E and Mrs G Bettles, plate basket and flour bin

Miss Foreman and Mr J Surridge, fancy cruet and sugar sifter

Miss M Bettles and Mr Cross, linen basket

Mrs Sibley, breakfast cruet

Mr J Page, table cloth

Miss Cross and Mr W Barker, dinner cruet

Mrs Wratten, Japanese fans and doyleys

Miss Cross (Blisworth), plated breakfast cruet

Mrs Glen, tea cosy

Miss Cross (Bedford), framed motto

Mrs Scroxton, ornamental group and set of jugs

Mr Sackington, fern

Messrs. Knight and Lawrences clickers, set carvers

Mr and Mrs C Bates, framed picture and set of dinner glasses

Mr and Mrs Timpson, oak tray

Mr S Cross (Blisworth), vases

Mrs Percival, teapot and tray

Miss E Cross, doyleys

Mrs H Billson, set of jugs

Miss M Cross, knife basket

Mr J Cross (Blisworth), vases

Mr Gramshaw, set vases

Master J Bates, frying pan

Mrs Thompson, china pepper pot

Mrs Cross (Earls Barton), table cloth

Miss Betts, bread knife and board, etc.

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