A Hundred Years of Weddings

Weddings Festival 16th and 17th May
An unusual ‘Weddings’ Festival will take place in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Upper Church Street, Syston on Saturday May 16th from 10.00am until 4.30pm and on Sunday May 17th from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.
As well as beautiful displays of flowers, we’ll have many vintage wedding dresses, the oldest of which dates back to 1917 and several of which were worn in the church. Also on display will be our historic photo album of weddings held in the church over the past one hundred years, together with all sorts of memorabilia such as telegrams and invitations that people have lent us.
There will also have a weddings’ ‘hat shop’ where ladies can try on lots of vintage hats and recreate the fun of visiting Lewis’s or Lea’s hat department in past times. We hope visitors will enjoy our ‘guess the year’ wedding presents quiz.
Refreshments will be on-sale throughout the day, so do come and join us. Entrance to the festival is free, but there will be a collection should you wish to make a donation. The Friends are raising money to install a disabled toilet and small kitchen area at the back of the church under the tower.
The lovely photo accompanying this article is of Syston woman Kitty Sikes marrying Cliff Cunliffe at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in 1935. Some older readers may remember Kit as she was a member of both Syston Townswomen’s Guild and the New Barkby WI.