Mum and Dad certainly seemed to enjoy spending the evening with dear friends and special relatives to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary on Saturday 24 September 2011.  It was a delight to share the evening with them and be a part of the celebrations.

Outside Oldfield Baptist Church, their wedding was the first at this church after a re-build

 

The anniversary party was held at Northwood Golf Club and included welcome drinks, a sit-down meal, speeches from both myself and Dad, and some dancing - including some hilarious barn dancing.  We also had some of the original photos from their wedding on 23 September 1961 on display and a DVD of the wedding originally taken on cine film (it was quite unusual to have a cine film of a wedding at the time, it was made by an uncle of the bride).

I am delighted that a photo from the wedding was recreated 50 years (+ 1 day) after the original:

The bride and her bridesmaids - 1961...

...and 2011. Maureen, Brenda, Jean and Ann.

 

And – notice the little boy on the right in the photo at the top?  That’s Ian, the bride’s youngest brother.  In 1961 he was around 5 years old and, despite much persuasion by the whole of the bride’s family, he refused to wear a kilt to the wedding as a tribute to their Mum’s Scottish roots.  You can see him in a pair of trousers.

Fifty years on, Ian honoured the original wish and turned up to the Golden Wedding celebrations dressed in a kilt, in his words “finally doing what I was told!”  Great job, Ian!

Ann's brother Ian dressed as he was told to - at last!

 

Here’s a message from Mum and Dad:

On Saturday 24th September 2011, we had the greatest pleasure in welcoming over one hundred family members and friends to help us celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

We hope these pictures of the occasion, taken by son, Paul and brother, John will give you a sense of the joyful happiness there was that evening and what a privilege it was for us to receive so many messages of congratulations and best wishes.

With our sincerest grateful thanks.

Bob & Ann Baker

The happy couple!

The Photos

Here is a link to the photos taken at the event.

The Video

And a little flavour of the barn dance:

 

Guests – thank you so very much for coming and making this celebration
so special for Mum and Dad.  xx

Paul (a.k.a. maidbloke)

 

With thanks to John Rabbitt for providing many of the photos