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The Wellingborough News, 1st August 1902, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Miss Sargent - Mr. W. H. Pingstone
Interesting Wedding at Rushden

At noon on Thursday the Park-road Baptist Church, Rushden, was the centre of interest to a large number of Rushden people, seeing that at twelve o’clock friends and well-wishers assembled there to witness the marriage of a well-known inhabitant. The bride was Miss Sargent, eldest daughter of Mr. James Sargent, of Duck-street, for many years a teacher in the Alfred-street Board School. The bridegroom was Mr. W. H. Pingstone, youngest son of W. Pingstone, of Bristol, manager of the Rushden branch of Messrs. Phipps and Sons, shoe mercers, Northampton. A good number attended the service, which was choral, and was conducted by the Rev. Gwilym Rees, of Wellingborough. Mr. George Farey presided at the organ, playing suitable music at the commencement and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March at the close. The hymn “The voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O love Divine and golden” were sung during the service. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a most becoming dress of ivory coloured silk crepe de chine, and wore a white picture hat trimmed with tulle and ostrich feathers. She carried a handsome bouquet of arum lilies and tuber roses, and was accompanied by four bridesmaids, Miss Lily Sargent (sister of the bride), Miss M. Pingstone (sister of the bridegroom), who wore dresses of pale sea-green voile, with black picture hats. Miss Effie Pingstone (sister of the bridegroom), and Miss May Brookes (cousin of the bride), who were attired in biscuit coloured voile and black picture hats. The duties of the best man were discharged by Mr. W. White, of Bristol, brother-in-law of the bridegroom.

After the ceremony, a large number of guests were entertained by the bride’s parents in the B.W.T.A. Hall, which had been tastefully decorated for the occasion. The guests were capitally catered for by the Coffee Tavern Company, and an enjoyable time was spent. At four o’clock the happy pair drove away amid the hearty good wishes of all, en route for Southsea, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The happy pair were the recipients of a handsome collection of presents, these including a handsome clock from the head of the firm of Messrs. Phipps and Sons with which the bridegroom is connected; silver egg stand and silver butter dish, from the employees; a silver cream jug and basin, from the scholars and teachers of the Alfred-street Girls’ Schools.

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