Three generations of East Lancashire family wear the same wedding dress (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Three generations of East Lancashire family wear the same wedding dress
HISTORY repeated itself in Clitheroe as bride Charlotte Hartley walked down the aisle in the same wedding dress worn by her mum and grandma.
The lace dress was given its first outing more than 50 years ago, after grandma Mavis Crowe had it tailor-made for her special day in 1955.
Charlotte’s mum Judith then wore the dress for her wedding in 1982, though she sadly died of a sudden asthma attack seven years later, when she was just 29.
An emotional Charlotte, who now takes the surname Baldwin, said: “Ever since I was little I’ve said I wanted to wear the dress. It’s sentimental because my mum’s no longer with us.
“My grandma’s been panicking because it might fall to bits because it’s so old. But it fits quite well so it’s lucky we were all the same size. I just wish my mum could be here to see it.”
The ceremony, at St Mary Magadalene’s Church, saw Charlotte, 29, married to Brett Baldwin, 27, by the Rev Andrew Froud.
Brett is studying at college and the couple live in Albion Street, Clitheroe, with their sons Dylan, Alfie and Oscar.
Proud grandma Mavis, who is 80 and lives in Blackburn, said: “I had the dress specially made in 1955, but now I’ve no idea how much I paid for it.
“I thought she looked lovely. I never realised I had been so slim.”
Judith and Mavis were both wed at St Silas Church in Preston New Road, Blackburn.