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The gentle folk of Thirsk crowd around in their new hats and finery to glimpse the newlyweds as they emerge in splendid procession from St Oswald’s Church.
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This atmospheric black and white film perfectly portrays a typical wedding of local dignitaries in rural Thirsk in 1932. All the ingredients are in place for this traditional wedding, marking the seriousness, the grace and the celebratory nature of the occasion.
This film was presumably taken by George Albert Lomas, who at the time was the Managing Director of Bamlett engineering works and Chairman of Thirsk Rural Council. Bamletts was established by the prolific inventor Adam Bamlett in 1857, specialising in harvesting machines, and situated next to Thirsk old railway station where they had their own loading platform. Bamletts were a very successful company until suddenly going into receivership in 1986, and their site is now a supermarket. St Oswald’s Church dates from 1842, the early period of Victorian church building and restoration, although a chapel on the site goes back to 1145.