“Tameside Weddings”, is a new exhibition at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton. All the material on public display has been loaned by people who live,or work in Tameside.
Among the dresses is the one made and worn by Mary Anne Booley when she married Richard Arthur Hughes on February 4, 1914, seven months before Britain entered the First World War.
There is also a sari which was worn at a Hindu ceremony 30 years ago, as well as all the other paraphernalia including invitations, congratulatory telegrams, lucky horseshoes and bride and groom figures from a 1950s cake.
Several people have shared their photo albums as well as their recollections. The exhibition also looks at the impact of wartime rationing and the places people went to for their honeymoon, ranging from Blackpool in the 1950s, to Benidorm in the 1960s and Venezuela in the 1990s.
Its a fascinating exhibition looking at the wedding day from all angles and cultures from a Tameside perspective.
“Tameside Weddings” opens Friday November 28th and runs until the end of February 2015.