South Yorkshire Times September 1st, 1951
Denaby Bride Chose Crinoline Gown
Miss Barbara Holcroft, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Holcroft, “Windyridge”, Wheatley Street, Denaby Main, wore a lovely crinoline-style gown of white needlerun lace and tuile over taffeta with a coronet of camellias and an embroidered veil when she was married in All Saints’ Church, Denaby, on Saturday, to Mr. Geoffrey Bostock, youngest son of Mr. Arthur Bostock and the late Mrs. Bostock, 63, Gardens Lane, Conisbrough.
The bridegroom, a well-known Yorkshire League linesman and local football referee, is a blast furnace foreman at Parkgate Iron and Steel Works. The bride is on the staff of the Kingfisher Infants’ School, Wheatley Hills, Doncaster. Given away by her father, and carrying pink carnations, the bride was attended by two young cousins, Misses Margaret Rayner of Dunsville and Ann Wilkinson of Conisbrough, both of whom wore dresses of blue taffeta with net overskirts and flowered headdresses to tone. They carried posies of variegated sweet-peas and their gifts from the bridegroom were crepe Dorothy bags to tone. Best man was Mr. Eric Cotterill (a friend of the bridegroom) and Mr. Leonard Bostock of Dunsville (the bridegroom’s cousin).
Officiating at the ceremony was the Rev. A. V. Roebuck, Vicar of Denaby, and Mr. Percy Webb was the organist. Choirboys attended the service which was choral and the hymns sung were “Lead us, Heavenly Father.” “O Perfect Love and “Fill Thou my Life, O Lord My God.” Psalm, 67 was also sung and the introit “God be in my Head” was sung as a solo by Mr. Eric Joyner. The bride and bridegroom received Holy Communion.
Following the service, a reception was held in Denaby Church Hall. The bride and bridegroom received many telegrams of congratulation and the bride was presented with a silver slipper by her aunt, Mrs. W. Gee, of Harbourne, and with a silver horseshoe by the Misses Darley of Conisbrough, cousins of the bride. Songs and duets were sung at the reception by Mr. Eric Horace Harbottle O.B.E. (London) and Mrs. Harbottle and Mrs. W, Brunning of Cheadle, cousins of the bride’s mother. Mrs. Harbottle also acted as accompanist.
The bride’s mother, who wore a model dress of beiger wool georgette with a matching hat and accessories and a spray of pink carnations, is a member of the All-Saints’ Church Council and an active church worker. Mr. Holcroft, who has been lay-reader at Denaby for 19 years, has been Denaby correspondent for the “South Yorkshire Times” for over 40 years.
Floral decorations at the church were arranged by Mrs. E. Dabbs (Conisbrough). Members of the church together with the bride’s aunt Mrs Wathey were responsible for the table decorations and supervised the wedding luncheon.
The bridegroom’s stepmother wore a navy ensemble with white accessories and a spray of pink carnations. The bride’s parents have presented them with bed linen and a Lloyd loom box and the bridegroom’s parents have given them a timepiece with oak mountings.
From his Parkgate colleagues the bridegroom has received a pressure cooker and from his manager an oak occasional table and work box combined. From the headmistress and staff of the Kingfisher Infants’ School the bride has received a set of Pyrex ware.