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An archway of oars was formed by fellow members of Bideford Amateur Rowing Club at St James’ Church, Parkham, on Saturday to greet Mr John Hutchings, youngest son of Mr and Mrs F Hutchings, of Beachside, Torridge Place, Bideford, and his bride, Miss Sylvia Wendy Smale, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs S Smale, Goldworthy Cottage, Horns Cross.

1972 Hutchings Smale

Peals on the bells also greeted the couple.
The four tier wedding cake made by the bride’s godmother, Mrs Eileen Tucker, was iced in the BARC colours.
The Rector, Rev T Nicholls, officiated at the wedding and Miss A Lott was the organist. Bridesmaids were Misses Susan Barrow, Ann Thomas, Tracy and Joanne Fanson and Suzanne Hutchings. The bride’s brother, Paul, and the bridegroom’s nephew, Stephen Hutchings, were page boys. Best man was Mr David Godfrey.
Following a reception at Durrant House Hotel, Mr and Mrs Hutchings left for a honeymoon in South Devon. Among presents received were a carpet sweeper from the staff of John Blundells Ltd, an electric toaster from Elliott’s Garage and a clock from the staff of Elliott’s. The bride’s flowers, provided by Blackmore’s of Bideford, were placed on the grave of the bride’s grandmother. White’s Bakery, Westward Ho! iced the cake.

1972 Hutchings Smale

Full article dated 13 October 1972

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