Sorry you will have to wait a little longer for the next part of our Canada trip as I have to tell you about my niece's wedding, which took place on 23rd November. We had to meet at a designated meeting place in Manchester to board the coaches which were to take us to the church. Here we are waiting for the coaches. Youngest son and his family went to the church under their own steam as they live not far from there.
Me and Harry
Daughter-in-Law, Harry and Sam
Eldest grandson Sam
Mother-in-Law and eldest son, Nick.
MWM, his mother and Nick
The wedding was at St. Hubert's Church, Dunsop Bridge, Near Clitheroe in Lancashire.
The Roman Catholic church of St. Hubert's was built to the design of Edward Pugin, from, it is believed, the winnings of the racehorse Kettledrum
owned by Colonel Charles Towneley of Towneley Hall, Burnley
in the 1861Epsom Derby.
The Toweneley stud was at Root Farm. The Towneleys' agent and patron of
St Hubert's, Richard Eastwood, is entombed outside the front entrance
to the church.
In 1992, British Telecom installed its 100,000th payphone
at Dunsop Bridge and included a plaque to explain its significance -
the plaque reads "You are calling from the BT payphone that marks the
centre of Great Britain." The telephone box was unveiled by Sir Ranulph Feinnes.
Pronounced Man and Wife
The service was beautiful and the church was crammed full, as there were a lot of guests and it's tiny.
Rachel & Dean outside the church
After photographs at the church we boarded the coach again to be taken to the venue for the reception, Browsholme Hal
l in Clitheroe, where we were greeted with a glass of champagne in the Tithe Barn before walking up to the hall for more photographs. The Hall is an Elizabethan House
claimed to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. Since 1954, it has been designated a Grade I listed building. You can read more about it here
Rachel and Dean
Bridesmaids and Bride's Mother (my granddaughter Gracie the little one in the centre)
Emma (on the left), Rachel's sister, chief bridesmaid
Father (my eldest brother) and Mother of the Bride
Youngest son and his family
After the photocall it was time to walk back down to the Tithe Barn for canapes and another drink before the reception. The venue was beautifully decorated.
We took our seats and listened to the entertaining and moving speeches.
Father of the Bride making his speech
Rachel and Dean relaxing
We had a superb meal after which Rachel and Dean cut the cake.
After the meal we retired to an ante room whilst the staff cleared the remnants of the reception and prepared it for the evening. There was a singer entertaining us and we took some candid shots of the family enjoying themselves.
Eldest grandson Sam
Eldest Son and MWM
Nick and Dan, our two sons
Me and MWM
Gracie, Sam and Alison (my DIL)
Me & Nick
Me with my baby brothers, Tony & Stewart
We were soon able to go back into the reception room where Rachel and Dean had the first dance
before everyone else joined in and we were able to take some more photographs of the rest of the family.
My youngest brother, Stewart, middle child Lauren and his wife, Karen
My youngest brother's children, Bradley, Lauren and Kirsty
Cousins Lauren, Emma and Kirsty
Liam (the bride's brother) and his friend
Nate, our youngest grandson, and his Mum, Fiona
Harry and Kai (grandsons) enjoying a coke
Rachel and Dean have been together since they were 15 years old, nine years to be exact, they met at school. The wedding had been two years in the planning, I hope you enjoyed seeing my family enjoying a very special day.