Alan Crossley

Wedding Wednesday – Marjorie Fletcher and James Henry Edmondson

Marjorie Fletcher is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Marjorie was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – her birth is registered in the June quarter of 1920.

On 29 May 1944 Marjorie married James Henry Edmondson at Low Moor Church, Clitheroe. A report of the ceremony was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 2 June 1944 (image taken from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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EDMONDSON – FLETCHER

Low Moor Church was decorated with flowers gathered by scholars of Ribblesdale Senior School for the marriage, on Monday, of Miss Marjorie Fletcher, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs W Fletcher, Chester Avenue, Clitheroe, and Mr James Henry Edmondson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H Edmondson, Bolton-by-Bowland. The bride has been a member of the Ribblesdale School staff for several years, and the bridegroom was also a teacher at that School until a few months ago, when he received an appointment as headmaster at Barnoldswick.
Given away by her father, the bride was gowned in ivory satin and her tulle veil was surmounted by a wreath of orange blossom. She had a bouquet of pink roses. The matron of honour was Mrs J H Turner, sister of the bride, whose dress was of turquoise ninon, with headdress of flowers. Her bouquet was composed of roses. Mr Jack Wolfenden was best man, and the ushers were Mrs P Mitchell and Miss I Dugdale, cousins of the bride.
The ceremony was performed by the Vicar (Rev. I Pugh) and the organist was Mr Alan Crossley, cousin of the bride, who discoursed bridal music and played for the hymns, “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O Perfect Love.”
After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Pendle Hotel, Chatburn, and the honeymoon is being spent at Blackpool.
The bridegroom’s gift to the bride consisted of pearls, and he gave a silver bracelet to the bridesmaid, receiving gold cuff-links from the bride. Among the gifts was a cheque from members of the Royal Observer Corps, of which the bridegroom is a member; a cheque from Ribblesdale Senior School, scholars of which also sent presents and gave the bride a silver horse-shoe and a half sovereign as she left the Church.

Wedding Wednesday – Alan Crossley and Mary Dorothy Hanson

Alan Crossley is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Crossley and Isabella Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Alan was born on 17 March 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. By all accounts Alan was an exceptional musician, organist and choirmaster – this will be the subject of a future blog post all on its own.

On 9 September 1939 Alan married Mary Dorothy Hanson at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 15 September 1939 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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CROSSLEY – HANSON

Many friends were present at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, last Saturday, to witness the wedding of Mr. Alan Crossley, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Church, Low Moor, and Miss Mary Dorothy Hanson, organist at St. Catherine’s Church, West Bradford.
The nuptials were performed by the Rev. W. G. Jones, M.A., vicar of Waddington, assisted by the Rev. I. Pugh, vicar of Low Moor. The service was fully choral. Mr. Harry Dyson was at the organ, and the choir was composed of representatives of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Clitheroe, St. Paul’s, Low Moor, St. Helen’s, Waddington, and St. Catherine’s, West Bradford.
The bride, given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. F. Tomlinson, wore a dress of mist blue with petunia sash, spray of fuchsia to tone, light blue hat, and accessories to match. She carried an ivory backed prayer book, the gift of Sunday School teachers and scholars at St. Helen’s.
As bridesmaid, Miss Mary Boothman (friend of the bride) was dressed in a pastel shade of pink, with spray of cream roses, brown hat, gloves, and shoes, and she carried a handbag to tone, which was the bridegroom’s gift.
Mr. J. R. Barnes, a member of the choir at St. Paul’s, was best man, and Mr. H. Tomlinson, nephew of the bride, groomsman.
The numerous presents received included and eiderdown from the bride’s employer, Mr. Peter Harrison; a dinner service from the bridegroom’s colleagues of the Inland Revenue Staff, Nelson; a duet piano stool from the members of the Clitheroe String Orchestra; a pair of exhibition pictures (by J. Hindle Higson) from St. Paul’s Church Choir; and a set of Pyrex dishes from St. Catherine’s Choir.
On their return from the honeymoon, which is being spent at Harrogate, Mr. and Mrs. Crossley will reside at 18 Hargreaves Street, Nelson.