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Taken from the Rushden Echo and Argus 18 September 1936
The Wedding of John White's Daughter

Photo of the wedding group posing after the ceremony
The wedding group posing after the ceremony


Happy Scenes Crown Local Romance

John White and his daughter arrive at the church
Crowds outside the west entrance to the church
The bride and groom leave the church

Popular interest in the wedding at Rushden on Tuesday morning of Miss Florence White and Mr J. L. Wilson was intense, as may be seen from the above picture of a section of the eager crowd of well wishers who thronged the west entrance to the church. On the left the bride, a radiant picture, is seen arriving at the church door with her father, Councillor John White, and on the right the happy bridegroom leads his wife from the church as she looks up at him, smiling happily, and touched by the enthusiastic greeting of many friends on this auspicious day. A joyous beginning is this, indeed.

Six Charming Bridesmaids Attend Miss

Florence White

Beautiful Dresses and a Host of Wellwishers

A beautiful blonde bride, just turned 21, charmed thousands of eyes at Rushden on Tuesday morning.

A dainty figure in ivory and gold, Miss Florence Ellen White – “Jill” to her friends – entered St. Mary’s Parish Church on the arm of her father, Councillor John White, through one of the largest and most eager crowds that has ever assembled for a wedding at Rushden.

Tuesday’s bride is Mr and Mrs White’s elder daughter - she has no brothers - and the bridegroom, Mr Jack Loake Wilson, is the younger son of the late Captain H M Wilson and of Mrs Wilson, “The Lawns,” Kettering, and grandson of the late Mr Matthew C Wilson, for many years a well-known Kettering auctioneer and estate agent, and of the late Mr William F. Loake, one of the founders of the firm of Loake Bros. Ltd., shoe manufacturers, Kettering.

Both have made themselves very popular in the district. The bride, who was educated at Queen Ethelberger’s School, Harrogate, has a special place in the affections of all who belong to the army of bootmakers in her father’s factories, and has always taken her part in the social and sporting events associated with the firm. She has also interested herself in charitable work – often as a collector.

The bridegroom, educated at Wrekin College, Shropshire, is in business as an auctioneer and estate agent with offices at Rushden, Kettering, and Wellingborough. He belongs to both the Rushden and Kettering Golf Clubs and used to play for the Kettering Rugby Football Club.

Policemen holding back the crowds of spectators

Sightseers began to assemble at nine o’clock, and an hour later the whole of the path from the west door to the churchyard gates was thickly lined with women and girls.

For the wedding ceremony, which was at eleven o’clock, St. Mary’s Church had been most beautifully decorated with Harrisii lilies, cream roses, golden chrysanthemums, blue larkspur, palms and fern, special attention being paid to the screen, font, pulpit and lectern.

The Rev. Travers Stoney (Rector) conducted the service with the assistance of the Rev. John Rowell (curate of St Mary’s) and the full choir was in attendance to lead the singing of “Lead us Heavenly Father,” Psalm 67 and “O Perfect Love.” The organist, Mr Alfred Clarke, A.R.C.O., Hon. R.A.M., chose favourite compositions and included the Bridal March from “Lohengrin” and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Before the bride’s arrival he played “Canzonetta” (D’Ambrosia), “Evensong, ( Easthope Martin), “Andantino in D Flat” (Lemare) and “The Rosary” (Nevin).

Ivory and Gold Dress

The bride’s lovely dress was in medieval style, of ivory satin and gold lame, with orange blossom and gold halo and an ivory veil threaded with gold. She carried Harrisii lilies and red roses, and was wearing the gift she had received from the bridegroom – a diamond watch.

In attendance as bridesmaids were Miss Jacqueline White, the bride’s sister, Miss Lily Skeeles, her cousin, Miss Mollie Wilson, of Kettering, the bridegroom’s cousin, Miss Kathleen Ellis, of Leicester, fiancée of the best man, Miss Heather Hulett of Kettering, and Miss Barbara Bates of Wellingborough.

All six were dressed alike in hyacinth blue net and taffeta (including blue taffeta sashes) with blue and gold halo head-dresses and gold shoes. They wore blue mittens and carried bouquets of gold coloured roses. Their diamond dress clips were gifts from the bridegroom.

Bearing the train was dainty Ruth Jennifer Sanders, daughter of Mr and Mrs Leslie Sanders. She was dressed in ivory net, with blue and gold halo head-dress and had blue sash mittens.

Mr L. N. Loake of Kettering, the bridegroom’s cousin, was the best man and the ushers were Messrs. Peter Wilson (cousin of the bridegroom), L. C. H. Louis, Norman Hulett, Grahame Hulett, Clifford Hulett, Geoffrey Knight, Ray Putnam, Arthur Abington and Maurice Warren.

The bride’s mother was gowned in blue and silver brocade, with velvet hat trimmed with ostrich plume, and carried a bouquet of pale pink carnations.

The bridegroom’s mother had a brown silk dress and cape, with brown velvet hat trimmed with an ostrich feather, and wore a cluster of cream and pink roses.

Before the entry of the choir in procession with the bridal party the Rector addressed the congregation and referred to the ordinance of marriage as one of the most holy services of the Church. Later, in an address to the bride and bridegroom, he counselled them as to their opportunities and privileges in “a very peculiar and dangerous period in the world’s history.”

 Among the Guests

Among the guests for whom seats had been reserved were seen Mr Frank O. Salisbury, the distinguished artist who recently painted the bride’s portrait, and Mrs Salisbury, Col. Sir John Brown, K.C.B., and Lady Brown, Professor Richardson, A.R.A., and Mrs Richardson, Mr and Mrs Alan Timpson, Kettering, and Mr and Mrs V.P. Mobbs, Kettering. A congregation which packed the church included the whole of the management and office staff and a large number of employees of Messrs. John White Ltd., whose factories at Rushden and Higham Ferrers were all closed.

The bride and groom emerge from the church
Where the remainder of the employees were was evident from the tumultuous reception which greeted the bride and groom when they emerged from the West porch and struggled towards their car.The bells were rung and the scene was altogether an unforgettable one for the young couple.

As soon as the guests had left, people from the crowd outside poured into the church to see the floral decorations.

Mr and Mrs White afterwards entertained two hundred guests at “Ferrers Mere,” their residence in Kimbolton Road where the breakfast was served in a large marquee.

The guests were all received in the house before crossing to the Marquee which was decorated in green and gold, with large floral hanging baskets. They had hardly taken their places before a heavy fall of rain occurred.

Mr Geoffrey Knight wittily proposed the principal toast, making play on the “Jack and Jill” legend, and the bridegroom responded, the bride adding her own word of thanks. Mr J. C. Wilson proposed the health of the bride’s parents and Mr White in his reply declared that the occasion was the happiest one of his life. He also referred to the early struggles and sacrifices that he and Mrs White had faced together as being the foundations of the success they had enjoyed. Mr Peter Wilson proposed “The Bridesmaids” for whom the best man returned thanks.

A shoal of greeting telegrams was read by the best man.

Music was provided by Dick Brewster’s Band from the Northampton Salon de Danse.

Early in the afternoon Mr and Mrs J. L. Wilson drove away in their car for a destination which has not been disclosed, the bride wearing a powder blue dress and coat with brown fox furs – another gift from the bridegroom – and brown halo hat, shoes and bag.

The Presents

They have been extremely fortunate in their presents which include, from the bride’s father, a large Elizabethan-style house built for them in The Hayway and already named “Higher Grange.”

The bride-to-bridegroom gift is a set of diamond and onyx dress studs.

The employees of Messrs. John White (Impregnable Boots) Ltd., have given a silver tea service and tray, the office staff a blue and gold Doulton china bowl, and the Rushden, Wellingborough and Kettering staffs of Mr J. L. Wilson a cut glass reading lamp.

All the employees of Messrs. John White Ltd received an invitation to inspect the presents at “Ferrers Mere” where the grounds have been open to them during the week.

The list of the remainder of the presents is as follows:

Household linen
China, furniture and cheque
Walnut stool, Queen Anne style
Nest of walnut side tables
Jacobean oak and tapestry stool
Grosvenor china tea service
Spode china dinner service
Breakfast service
Afternoon tea cloth
Liqueur set
Beaten copper tray
Painting "Derwentwater"
Pair of antique Jacobean oak chairs
Cut glass jug and glasses
Canteen of cutlery
Silver tea service
Leather blotter
Silver salver
Silver butter knives
Wine glasses 
Cut glass jug and tumblers
Case of silver fish knives and forks and fruit knives and forks
Silver tea set
Leather telephone book
Silver tea set
Hand painted tray
Cut glass jug and glasses
Cut glass bowl
Ivory swing mirror
Skin rug
Beaten copper tray
Knight in armour containing fire implements
Dinner mats
Silver toast rack
Chinese bowl and stand
Cut glass vase
Electric kettle
Pair of antique silver candlesticks
Electric fire
Cut glass flower vase
Cut glass bowl
Cut glass flower vase
Silver egg stand and silver sauce boats
Cut glass flower vase
Pewter ash tray and pewter sweet dish
Electric fire
China bowl
Pewter salver
Shagreen blotter
Cut glass lager set
Framed flower picture
Silver bread basket
Wine decanters
Silver grapefruit knife and spoons
Cut glass hors d'oeuvres set
China flower bowl
Shagreen cigarette box
Doulton figures
Cut glass jug and goblets
Cut glass flower bowl and stand
Cut glass flower vase
Cut glass goblets
Afternoon cloth
Poole pottery vase
Electric iron
Leather travelling bag
Old design decanters and glasses
Antique French punch ladle
Silver sauce boat
Hand painted match box and ash tray
Crown Derby vase
Carved wood and ivory elephant
Silver condiment set
Silver jug
Book ends
Doulton figures
Cut glass decanter
Antique ivory and silver fruit knife and fork
Silver serviette rings
Hand painted tray
Glass vase
Silver ash tray
Onyx ash tray
Hors d'oeuvres dish
Silver salver
China dessert set
Poole pottery vase
Cut glass and silver butter dish
Silver cocktail sticks
Cocktail set
Cut glass bowl
Set of painted trays
Cut glass and silver carver rests
Pewter biscuit barrel
Lace tea cloth
Hand embroidered table centre
Print "Wine Tasters" by Vermeer
Decanter and glasses
Cut glass lager jug and glasses
Cut glass grapefruit glasses
Silver asparagus dishes and servers
Ivory and gilt silver cream jug
Rockingham silver cream jug
Silver hot water jug
Hand painted china bowl
Silver salver
Lace handkerchief
Engagement book on onyx stand
Pair of silver vases
Art glass bowl
Silver flower vase
China plant pot
Oak candlesticks and fruit stands
Set of Pyrex dishes
Aluminium saucepans
Coffee jar
Cut glass vase
Cut glass jam dish
Pottery flower vase
Cut glass grapefruit glasses
Silver spoons

Messrs Wadsworth Bros of Rushden supplied cars for the wedding.

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