Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Wedding Wednesday - A Blitz Bride
My grandmother, Florence Palethorpe, married my grandfather, Samuel Redpath, at St Stephen's Church, Sneinton in Nottingham on June 14th 1941. The Blitz - which killed over 40,000 British civilians - was ongoing and, with still another 6 months to go before the USA would join the war effort, it was a stark time at which they chose to celebrate their wedding.
And yet, apart from my grandmother's restrained, ration book dress, the war isn't obvious. None of the men wore uniform and you wouldn't know from the picture that five weeks previously 100 German bombers had flown over Nottingham and wiped out buildings that had stood only a few hundred metres from St Stephen's and the wedding party.
Like the rest of the country, they just kept going and hope triumphed.
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