A wedding photograph from a hundred years ago was recreated in Berwick last Sunday by the descendants of the original bride and groom.
A group of fifteen, including four grand-children, three great-grand-children and one great-great grandchild posed in exactly the same location as the original wedding party back in July 1913.
Back then Gladys Grace Annie Thompson had married Hubert Brown in Holy Trinity Parish Church and they had then celebrated their wedding in the garden of the Thompson house in Ravensdowne.
One of the grand-children, Robert Bruce, explained that recently he and his sister had been sorting through an old hat-box which had lain undisturbed in his mother’s house.
He said: “We found a wonderful photograph of the wedding party, dressed in all their finery, and we also found a mass of other documentation from the wedding.
“These included original invitations, the order of service and even a small envelope of the rice which had been thrown as the Victorian version of confetti on the day and then scooped up and kept as a memento.”
With all this detail to hand they decided the family should celebrate the centenary.
“So we approached the current owners of the house and they kindly allowed us in to have a glass of champagne on the lawn and have a photograph taken of all of us gathered on the same spot as our grand-parents,” said Robert.
The current owners proved to be welcoming hosts and even laid on a lunch for their visitors.
Descendants had come from London, Wales and Morpeth for the event.
“It was an extraordinary and moving moment,” said Robert
“They were very kind and loving grandparents so it was great to do it,” he added. “It was a lovely day.
“Gladys was a spirited girl in her youth and had claimed she was the first woman in Berwick to ride a Penny Farthing bike which, as grandchildren, we were in awe of.”
The family group had started the day at a service in Holy Trinity Parish Church.
They then moved onto the Elizabethan ramparts for a celebratory picnic before walking down to Marygate to the site of the ironmongery, china and silver shop their Thompson grandfather’s family had been running back in 1913.
“It was called Messrs Thompson Bros and we think it is now where Mountain Warehouse is,” said Robert, who was spending a few more days in Northumberland with his family.