Bridal party is reunited 50 years on

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Five bridesmaids who walked a Nuthall couple down the aisle on their wedding day in 1965 have been reunited at a golden wedding anniversary 50 years on.

Happy couple Millie and Spencer Spooner – described as ‘stars of the local community’ – marked their anniversary with 100 guests at Nuthall Parish Hall.

Mr Spooner, of Cedarland Crescent, said: “The crowning glory of our golden wedding anniversary was being able to share the special milestone with those we know and love, and to have the bridesmaids back into our lives after 50 years was the icing on the cake.

“For all of us to be together again for the first time in 50 years defies the odds. It has been a remarkable reunion.”

Diane Martin, Jean Green, Sylvia Hall, Mary Marshall, and Nancye Braine were among the guests at the parish hall where there was a special performance by the Nuthall based Bluecoat Singers – a choir Mr Spooner has been involved with for more than 30 years.

Jetting in from California for the milestone event were Millie’s cousin, Gareth Butler, and his wife Yael.

Millie, whose maiden name was Wheeler, and Spencer first met on a blind date at a Cleo Laine concert, and married 18 months later at Shirland Parish Church in Alfreton,

Spencer, 78, who was born in Chesterfield learned his trade as a journalist at the Derbyshire Times where he worked until he was called up for National Service in the RAF. He returned to the paper as a staff reporter and sub-editor before moving on to newspapers in Cambridge and Nottingham.

He is actively involved with the Bluecoat Singers and is the Chairman of Nuthall and District History Society.

Millie, 76, who hails from Shirland near Alfreton, worked as the secretary at Nottingham University Medical School and was a founder member of Nuthall St Patrick’s Church Wednesday Club.

She is a sidesman at the church and is also a member of Brinsley Art Group and Nuthall and District History Society.

The popular couple have two daughters and two Grandchildren.

Mrs Spooner said: “Our lives have been blessed with a wonderful family and many special friends.

Described as ‘stars of the local community’ Spencer and Millie asked for monetary donations in lieu of gifts raising in excess of £500 for the local Nuthall Cancer Research UK organisation.