By Irene Sheath
The wedding of Irene Harrison and Ian Sheath at St Alban's Church. Wakefield Street. The year was 1962. I lived in Eversleigh Road, around the corner from St Alban's and it was my parish church. I was a regular churchgoer in those days and I believe the vicar was a Rev. May.
Mr May went to Ireland for a holiday just before our wedding and I was bitterly disappointed that he wouldn't be officiating. The vicar who turned up was a young man (Clive Pawley?) and he was very nervous and he confessed that we were his "First wedding" .... My future husband made him feel at ease when he confessed that this was our first wedding too! Laughter all round and the day went beautifully.
My husband worked for a film studio and a colleague brought his own 16mm professional movie camera and filmed the day. Unfortunately there were no interior shots of the church but plenty of shots outside and then the reception at The Princess Alice. The last shot of us driving away up Green Street is a classic with cans rattling as we merge with buses and cars of the 1962 era. Quite a rare documentary for an ordinary wedding in those days.
Submitted by Irene Sheath who has been living in Austalia for the last 26 years.
The church which stood on the corner of Wakefield Street was demolished in 1968 and the new St Alban's Christian Centre opened in 1980.
Photo: Private family collection