"A Cycle Wedding at Wisbech"
The following event took place in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on 21st April 1897.
[This report is from either the Isle of Ely Advertiser or the Wisbech Standard.]
"St Augustine's Church, and it's vicinity, together with the Lynn Road, were crowded with people on
Wednesday afternoon last, the attraction being a "cycle wedding". The bridegroom was Mr U.D. PALMER,
of the Borough Cycle Works, and the bride Miss F.M. Stevenson, third daughter of Mr C.F. Stevenson
late of Tydd and now of Norfolk Street East.
The wedding is the first of it's kind in the district which accounted for the large attendance of spectators.
The ceremony was fixed for two o'clock, and shortly before that time, the bridegroom and best man rode upon
a Rudge Whitworth companion or sociable bicycle. This machine is the first to be introduced into the
district and the announcement that the bride and bridegroom would ride together on the machine through the
town was the cause of the interest displayed by the public.
Shortly after the bridegroom had reached the church, the bride and bridesmaids arrived on safety bicycles.
The bride wore a blue grey dress trimmed with white chiffon, a white tulle hat, trimmed with ostrich tips
and Moire ribbon, and carried a handsome bouquet of white flowers and maiden hair fern. She was led to the
altar by her father, and was attended by two bridesmaids (her sisters), Miss Stevenson and Miss Edith Stevenson,
who were attired in fawn satin cloth dresses trimmed with blue shot silk, and wore fawn hats to match.
Mr G.E. Gilbert, of Long Stratton, officiated as best man, and the bride was given away by her father.
The service was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. C.H. Crossley.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr Henry Boyden played the Wedding March.
On emerging from the church, Mr & Mrs PALMER were received with showers of confetti and rice.
This "bicycle made for two" upon which the couple rode from church
is a great novelty in itself. There are only two wheels, similar
to an ordinary safety bicycle, and the riders sit side by side. The
machine is automatically balanced, and is fitted with Palmer tyres.
All the parts are of the machine are plated and it is enamelled in tan
colour, lined out with gold.
Although the riders sit side by side there is no inconvenience felt if one rider is heavier than the other, and a good rider could
take up a novice for a partner who had never ridden a bicycle before."
Mr Younather [U.D.] PALMER was a younger brother of my Gt Grandfather, Louis Henry PALMER.
My thanks to my 3rd cousin, Christine Adamson [Great Grand-daughter of Delphfenia Honor & Albert HAYLETT] who supplied
a copy of the original newscutting;
Younather DeSilva PALMER
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The sociable bicycle was near at hand and the newly-married couple
at once mounted it and rode off in the direction of the bride's
father's home in Norfolk St East, followed by the best man and the
bridesmaids on bicycles. Midway on the Lynn road, the band of the
Black Hawks Co. was stationed and played whilst the procession went
After the wedding Mr & Mrs Stevenson, the father and mother of the
bride, entertained a large number of guests at breakfast. The usual
toasts were proposed, that of "Long life and happiness to the bride
and groom" being drunk with much enthusiasm.
Among the guests present were Mr F. and Miss Pywell (Walsoken),
Miss M. Chappell (Tydd), Mr Middleton, Mr & Miss Morris (Docking),
Miss Lewis (Hunstanton); Sergt & Mrs Hazlett (Ely), Mr L.H. PALMER,
Mrs E. Palmer; Mr H. Wright, Miss Maud Brightman, Mr J. Godfrey
The presents were numerous and useful, and included a handsom tea
service from the commitee of the Wisbech Bicycle Club, of which the
bridegroom is a member.
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