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Our Walsall wedding including £6 ring cost £11 in 1957

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

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RE the letter in The Bugle (July 17 edition) about a wedding that cost £31.50, I think I can beat that.

I met my future wife while dancing at 17. I went in the Army with the South Staffords and served in Egypt and Cyprus. While on ammo duty I got a letter asking me to marry her, which was a big shock. But my mates were getting 'Dear Johns' and I said to wait until I was demobbed.

I came out of the forces and got a job at Monway Steel Works, part of the Patent Shaft, for £8 a week. I worked overtime for £12 a week.

I went to Walsall town and bought a ring for £6. My wife is a twin and her twin was getting married also. She wanted a double wedding. The reception was at the Brown Lion pub. It was great, her dad paid for it. We went on honeymoon to her Aunt Dolly's, who lived on a farm in Whitchurch, Shropshire. This was free, so all it cost me was £6 for the ring and £5 for petrol, totalling £11.

We have been married for 57 years.

Harry Smith,

39 Gower Street,

Pleck, Walsall.

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