The "Double Wedding" of sisters, Daisy and May Shilling to Allan Brrom and William Payne took place at The Salvation Army Hall in Wakefield Street East Ham in February 1937. At the time of the wedding the sisters lived in Spencer Road East Ham and William Payne lived in Strone Road Manor Park. Unfortunately the address of Allan Broom is unknown.
At the time of the wedding which was conducted by a Salvation Army Officer, Captain Kaare Westergaard, both brides and their grooms were active members of The Salvation Army in East Ham hence they all wore Salvation Army uniform for the ceremony.
After the wedding Daisy and Allan lived in Broroks Avenue East Ham until they moved to Thundersley upon Allan's retirement from the Ford Motor Co in Dagenham, whilst May and Will lived in Strone Road Manor Park for the remainder of their lives.
In 1987 both couples had the distinction of sharing a Golden Double Wedding Celebration. The Salvation Army in East Ham organised a celebratory meal followed by a Salvation Army Brass band concert in the evening which was a surprise event particularly for Will and May although Daisy and Allan did need to be "let in" on the secret arrangements. The following week a smaller family celebration was held at a restaurant in Benfleet.
Both couples have now sadly passed away. Allan died in the late 1980s/early 1990s and Daisy was the most recent of the quartet to pass away in August 2008 have just celebrated her 96th birthday.
May and Will lived in the same maisonette at 270A Strone Road until they passed away. May passed away quite suddenly in May 1993 . William passed awat in July 2004 at the age of 92 and had spent his entire life living in Strone Road firstly at 262 and then after his marriage at 270A.