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Best wishes to Mr and Mrs E H Trapnell, for many years esteemed residents at ‘Western View’ Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! who will be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on Tuesday next.

15 August 1958 Trapnell Golden wedding

Already here for the event are their five children and twelve grandchildren: Mrs Freda Way, from Malaya, and her son Richard; Mr John Trapnell, bank manager at Wokingham, with his wife and three sons, Michael, Howard and Andrew; Mr Peter Trapnell and his wife with Martin, Janine and Robin; Mr David Trapnell, his wife, Della and Marion; and Mrs Pat Hunt, from Surrey, with her husband and Susan, Brian and John. Already here for the event are their five children and twelve grandchildren: Mrs Freda Way, from Malaya, and her son Richard; Mr John Trapnell, bank manager at Wokingham, with his wife and three sons, Michael, Howard and Andrew; Mr Peter Trapnell and his wife with Martin, Janine and Robin; Mr David Trapnell, his wife, Della and Marion; and Mrs Pat Hunt, from Surrey, with her husband and Susan, Brian and John. 

The Bideford Gazette of 1908, records that two well known Bideford business families were united at Lavington Congregational Church, the Pastor (the Rev George Warren) married Miss Grace Boyle, second daughter of Mr and Mrs George Boyle, of High Street and Queen Street, to Mr E H Trapnell, only son of the late Mr E Trapnell, JP, and Mrs Trapnell, of High Street. Mr L E Ridge, of another well known Bideford business, was best man. After living for a short time at Queen Annes, High Street, Bideford, Mr and Mrs Trapnell left permanently for their summer house on the front at Westward Ho! The house was extended as their family grew and they have seen Westward Ho! develop all around them.

Mrs Trapnell has always been interested in music, with a reputation among local musical circles. She was a member of the Kingsley Orchestra and Concert Party and since then there have been few musical occasions that have not had her experienced support, including the former Bideford Amateur Operatic Society (in which Mr Trapnell took part) and latterly as an accompanist in the Northam District. Mr Trapnell is a member of the Andrew Dole Trust, the Bideford Bridge Trust and a past Governor of Bideford Grammar School. In his early days he was a keen golfer, and his sons have followed him, all three having won premier awards.Enjoying a sense of humour, Mr Trapnell, as a character actor, often appeared in amateur dramatics produced by the late Mr H Percy Heard. He still continues to make his daily visit to the family firm of Trapnells’ Ltd, in the Bideford High Street, where he has the assistance of his two sons. Both Mr and Mrs Trapnell continue to enjoy fairly good health.

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