Roy Hugh Blackburn is my 5th cousin. His parents are Arthur Blackburn and Mary Lizzie Dawson. Our common ancestors are John Dawson and Ann Watson – my 4x great grandparents.
Roy was born in Burnley, Lancashire on 12 July 1931. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Roy was living with his parents at Church Street, Trawden, Lancashire.
On Saturday 29 November 1952 Roy married Barbara Walmsley at Trawden Parish Church. The wedding was announced in the Burnley Express on Wednesday 3 December 1952 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).
The wedding took place at Trawden Parish Church on Saturday of Mr. Roy Hugh Blackburn, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Blackburn, of 4 Church Street, Trawden, and Miss Barbara Walmsley, of “Windsor House,” 59 Skipton Road, Colne, a stepdaughter of the late Mr. R. Williams. The Vicar of Trawden (Rev. G. H. Richards) officiated. The bride wore a gown of white silk net and lace embroidered with pearls. Her headdress was of white velvet in Tudor style, also stitched with pearls, and she carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley. Her uncle, Mr. W. Helliwell, gave her away. Miss Margaret Hartley was bridesmaid. Mr. John Alfred Fletcher was best man and Messrs. J. Thwaites and N. Storey groomsmen. Organist was Mr. W. Driver. A reception was held at the Crown Hotel, Colne, after which the bridal pair left for their honeymoon at Blackpool. They will reside at “Windsor House,” 59 Skipton Road, Colne.