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Interesting Wedding at Great Wigborough
A pretty wedding was solemnised in St. stephens Church, Great Wigborough, on Saturday Nov. 22, the contracting parties being Miss Joan Edith Yates, only daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Frederick Yates of the Rectory, and Dr John C.W. Hopkyns, of Meadlands, Stowmarket, Suffolk. The Rev. F.J. Barff, vicar of Buntingford, Herts, friend of the bridegroom, took the service, which was choral with Mrs J.H. Pickering, of Birch, at the organ. The church had been tastefully decorated by members of the Parochial Church Council.
The bride, who was given away by her father, the Rev. F. Yates, was charmingly attired in a picture dress of while net and lace, with family veil of Brussels lace on the headress of pearls and orange blosso, and carried a charming bouquet and also wore a gold wristlet watch, gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaid, Miss Mary Robinson, friend of the bride, wore a dress of blue net over cyclamen silk and carried a bouquet. She also wore a very beautiful silve and diamante brooch, gift of the bridegroom. The best man was Dr J.A.B. Longley.
A reception was afterwards held at the Rectory, where about 80 guests assembled. The wedding cake was kindly made by Mrs Joan Collier. There was a large number of useful presents, including one from the parish of Great Wigborough and one from Little wigborough, and many cheques. The bride's going away dress was a smart woollen ensemble of light blue and old gold, with brown flared coat, hat, shoes and gloves to match.
Owing to shortness of leave the honeymoon is being spent in London, after which the bride is returning to duties with the WRNS and the bridegroom to Chatham, when he is shortly joining the Royal Navy.
Hopkyns - on Nov. 30 1942 at Colchester to Joan (née Yaths), wife of surg. Lieut. J.C.W. Hopkyns, RNVR - a son.
Hopkyns - On Oct, 3, 1944 at Colchester Maternity Home, to Joan (née Yates), wife of Surg. Lt. J.C.W. Hopkyns, RNVY, a second son.
Date: 22 November 1941
Photo: Mersea Museum - Yates Family
Image ID YTS_015_015
Category 1 Places-->Wigborough
This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.