Wedding mystery solved…

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Margaret Millar and Stan Cook's wedding in 1945.

AN old black and white wedding photo, which had been found in the bottom of a box of items at the Invercargill St John op-shop, featured in the last Southland Express Weddings lift-out.

As it was a precious memento, the op-shop volunteers and workers were keen to identify the people featured and give the photo to a member of the wedding party.

A photo of the Silver Wedding celebrations in 1970.

St John op-shop assistant manager Jo Egginton said occasionally old family photographs were left at the shop and the staff were always keen to hand them back to family members.

The featured photograph had prompted many people to come forward and make inquiries at the op-shop, as well as a few at the Southland Express, with the 1945 wedding photo given to the page boy, Blake McDowell.

“It was rewarding someone came forward,” she said.

Most of the wedding party were identified by bridesmaid Margaret Leggett (nee Cook), who was second from the left in the photograph.

The Silver Wedding anniversary invitation.

The bride was Margaret Millar and the groom Stan Cook. The rest were (from left) bridesmaids Ity Slaughter (nee Butler), and Margaret Leggett (nee Cook), groomsman Frank Cook and Hardy McEwing, bride and groom, bridesmaid Frances Kennedy (nee Millar), groomsman David Teviotdale and bridesmaid Elsie McDowell (nee Buchanan). The name of the flower girl was not known, but the page boy was Blake McDowell.

Mrs Leggett also attended the Cook’s Silver Wedding celebrations at the Waianiwa Hall on Friday, October 30, 1970, where another photograph was taken (above right) with the wedding party, excluding the flower girl, standing in similar places as in the original photograph.

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