Avonbridge locals held mock wedding

Avonbridge Congregational Church. Day out to Gretna Green 1950 where they took part in a mock wedding.
Avonbridge Congregational Church. Day out to Gretna Green 1950 where they took part in a mock wedding.

May Thomson contacted the Falkirk Herald after seeing a picture of Avonbridge Congregational Church taking part in a mock wedding.

Mrs Thomson (nee Oswald) played a bridesmaid in the event and is pictured at the far left. She remembers the church held the wedding in the Avonbridge Congregational Church Hall to raise funds.

She said: “I don’t remember why the church held the mock wedding but I think it was a fundraiser to buy new equipment or to decorate the hall. I would think this was taken in 1952 or 1953 because I am wearing the dress my dad bought me to wear to the end of term dance when I was in first year at high school.”

Behind Mrs Thomson is her gran, Mrs Bryce who ran the shop in Avonbridge and was a well known face in the Braes village. She is unsure where the rest of the wedding party got their outfits but thinks a few may have owned them.

“I have no idea why they decided to hold a mock wedding, I’ve never heard of anywhere doing one before or since but it was all good fun and meant we have some nice pictures.

“I moved to West Lothian after getting married as my husband was a police officer but I still see some of the people in the picture at dances.

“It was a lovely village to grow up in with everyone knowing everyone and a great sense of community.”