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Two rings cost £21 and honeymoon was £10.50

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

  • Olive and Arnold Hyett celebrate their diamond wedding with a card from the Queen

  • The original honeymoon bill

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IN a recent Bugle readers were asked if anybody had an engagement ring that cost less than £16.

In 1953/4 my then boyfriend, Arnold, bought two rings, one for £9 and one for £12.

I can't now remember which was the engagement ring and which was the wedding ring, but definitely less than your reader Mary's £16 one.

I have recently found the receipt for our honeymoon.

A week in a guest house at St Leonards-on- Sea, full board for both of us, was £10.10.0 (£10. 50p). Yes, in those days we did go back to the digs for lunch.

The man of the house worked in an office but would come home at midday and put a huge white apron over his smart trousers and help to serve lunch. Included in the tariff was an evening at the White Rock Pavilion, Hastings, where we saw the musical Carissima and a day trip to Rye and Winchelsea.

The coach driver sat us in the front seats and gave us an orange at which the rest of the passengers applauded. I think the orange was a way of pointing us out as honeymooners.

June 5 was our diamond wedding and we were surprised to receive a card from Her Majesty the Queen. We celebrated with a family party at the home where we have lived for 58 years and which we named Yenton after the guest house where we spent our honeymoon. Kind regards,

Olive Hyett (née Johnson),

Yenton, 68, Robert Street,

Dudley, DY3 2AY.

olive.hyett@virgin.net

If you can beat these wedding costs email editor@blackcountrybugle.co.uk

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