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Milton and Marion Graham


A Vestry Hall reception, 1955

Black and white wedding photograph of Marion Graham and her father, 1955.
Marion Graham and her father on the steps of Burngreave Vestry Hall, where the wedding reception was held © Marion Graham

Black and white wedding photograph of Milton and Marion Graham, 1955.
Marion and Milton beside the wedding car © Marion Graham

I was married to Milton Graham in St Leonard's Church on 19th March, 1955. One of the photographs from the big day shows Dad and I on the steps of Burngreave Vestry Hall where the wedding reception was held. Unusually this was taken after the wedding, not before, as is traditional. This was because there was a mix up with the wedding cars and I arrived 20 minutes late. The groom was feeling deserted so there wasn't time for a photo with Dad before the wedding ceremony. Instead we had one taken at the entrance to our reception, at Burngreave Vestry Hall. Then we all went in for a ham salad tea followed by music from a rather battered wind-up gramophone which stood in solitary splendour on the stage. No loud disco music in those days, just ballroom dance tunes. However drinks were provided and a good time was had by all!

Extract from Marion Graham, written for the local exhibition "Wedding bells and church spires" in Burngreave Library, March 2005.