A Wedding, A Dedication and A Celebration

02 Sep

On this day in 1939, my Mum and Dad were married.They were to have honeymooned in Paris but given that WWII broke out on September 3rd they had a weekend in Blackpool instead before my Dad went off to the army for five years.

My Mum at her wedding in 1939

My Mum at her wedding in 1939

My Dad retired early to write and dedicated his first novel to my Mum ( using a nom de plume as advised by the publishers as it was thought that women read more historical romantic fiction and that they like to read books written by women!) The novel is set in Cornwall in the late 1800’s and its background is the tin mining industry that was so important to the Cornish.

Dad's first novel, published in the US and the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, in paperback by Sphere

Dad’s first novel, published in the US and the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, in paperback by Sphere

The dedication

The dedication

Their Golden wedding in 1989 was a great big family reunion in Cornwall as by then my older brother and his wife and two children were living in Munich, Germany, my younger brother and his wife were in Atlanta, Georgia and my sister and her growing family were in Phoenix, Arizona and I was in Yorkshire with my family. The advance for Ellen Bray paid for everyone to come to the two week long party!


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11 responses to “A Wedding, A Dedication and A Celebration

  1. Our Growing Paynes

    September 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Aren’t publishers funny things? Woman probably bought more historical fiction because that was what the publishers were putting out! Or so we thought. ๐Ÿ™‚ A lovely story about your parents.

  2. Teepee12

    September 3, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Great story! A book in and of itself.

  3. Choc Chip Uru

    September 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    A beautiful story to wake up to my friend ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. theamateurcamera

    September 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    A lovely story with wonderful photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    September 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    That is a great remembrance and story.

  6. jotsfromasmallapt

    September 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    If I could *like* this more than once…I would…!
    Best wishes to you always…R.

  7. andrea

    September 2, 2013 at 11:28 am

    To all my friends and Wpler students have a little patience with mir.habe again WP problems currently my page no reason is disabled but the address that I sent to you, is ok, partly also in the comments, probably WP caused my page to disable me is but no fault to have deliberately made what wrong I hope that come to see me continue, it just often again I tried on my pages, the problem will be fixed soon know for sure.So I wish you all a nice Monday and my Monday greetings are still separately on Wp.Herzlichst Andrea

  8. Don

    September 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

    What a day to remember and celebrate and what a marvellous story.

  9. Jim in IA

    September 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Very interesting. I just read this before your post. Kind of a loosely related issue.
    And some responses…

    My wife has kept her name for all our years.

    Thanks for your story. Have a nice day.

  10. niasunset

    September 2, 2013 at 8:58 am

    What a beautiful life story, Thank you dear Sally, Celebrations for this day. Nice touches. Love, nia

  11. makagutu

    September 2, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Wow, a nice story this is.


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