Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Women Meet

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Women Meet

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South Gosforth WI: our meeting was opened by president Mrs Moira Cullen and she was pleased to report that our community project had been successfully completed. All members were delighted to hear the news. Mrs Jean Carlisle was our speaker, her subject was An Irish Wedding. It was an account of her very first visit to Ireland to attend her younger son's wedding. Only three days leave, from teaching was allocated to accomplish this task.

After a long drive and a ferry journey her two sons were supposed to meet her, but when she got there ( they weren't. At this point Jean realised she didn't have the address of the future in-laws! Eventually the boys arrived. Much later it was suggested they go to the wedding rehearsal. Everybody met in the presbytery. The priest asked Jean many questions about readings and protocol and the bridal procession. After a long discussion everyone went over to the church to begin the rehearsal at 11pm. As they approached the alter they saw a coffin. The funeral was the next morning and the wedding at 3pm.

On the journey to the wedding the Garda stopped and checked all cars which delayed everyone. The bridegroom arrived at the church at 3.20pm. and the bride at 4pm.The ceremony commenced and everything went well until the the rings. The best man produced them ( unfortunately they were still in their boxes. After struggling to open the box, for what seemed to be an age, the ring suddenly sprung out and dropped to the floor. Picture the scene, the priest, bridegroom and best man on their hands and knees all searching for it. When calm was restored and the ceremony completed the wedding party moved to the vestry to sign the register. All the documents were in a safe but the priest had mislaid the key! He then decided to go back to the presbytery to look for it. After a while he returned triumphant. Now, at last, the documents could be signed. …

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