Bridal finery and christening gowns mark church centenary

Exhibition of wedding dresses through the ages at St Chad's Church, Hove Edge, Brighouse'Pictured are Ann Taylor, Pat Blacker, Eileen London and Christine Wilson
Exhibition of wedding dresses through the ages at St Chad's Church, Hove Edge, Brighouse'Pictured are Ann Taylor, Pat Blacker, Eileen London and Christine Wilson

WEDDING dresses from every decade of the past 100 years were on display as part of the centenary celebrations at St Chad’s Church, Hove Edge.

The church held a service of thanksgiving for baptisms and weddings and put on a display of wedding dresses and christening gowns from 1910 to the present day.

Exhibition of wedding dresses through the ages at St Chad's Church, Hove Edge, Brighouse

Exhibition of wedding dresses through the ages at St Chad's Church, Hove Edge, Brighouse

One of the organisers, Judith Bray, chairman of St Chad’s Ladies’ Society, said: “We ran the festival over two days and it was a big success with the people who came to see it. I think it prompted people to reminisce about their weddings or weddings they had been to.

“We had a Sikh wedding dress, which was very colourful, and some very beautiful traditional gowns.

“People were very interested in the traditional styles and how they had evolved down the decades from the flapper dresses of the 1920s to more elaborate styles today.”

Department stores and wedding dress shops helped by donating mannequins for the weekend and refreshments were served.

A number of special events have been held this year to mark the church centenary.

On Saturday, November 3 the celebrations will continue with a Christmas bazaar at the church from 10am to 1pm, with stalls and refreshments.