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Do you know what happened to young bridesmaid of ’64 at St James’ Church, Gravesend

21 June 2014
by Thom Morris

George and Victoria Russell married at St James’ Church, Gravesend, in September 1964, and wanted to bring their guests together 50 years later to celebrate their milestone anniversary.

A previous appeal in the Gravesend Messenger proved fruitful for the couple, who now live in Sussex.

Mr Russell and his wife with best man, plus children (L-R) Beverley Large, Trevor Bromley, Vanda Mester, Gillian Mester and Angela Morgan.

Mr Russell and his wife with best man, plus children (L-R) Beverley Large, Trevor Bromley, Vanda Mester, Gillian Mester and Angela Morgan.

Mr Russell grew up in Nine Elms Grove while Mrs Russell was born and raised in the Perry Street area. They left Gravesend in 1979.

They have managed to find all but one of their bridesmaids and have made another appeal for help in tracing the remaining one, pictured on the far left of the group picture, standing in front of their best man, Victoria’s brother.

Mr Russell, 72, said: “My wife was particularly keen to be able to invite her complete retinue of bridesmaids and the page-boy who attended her on that day.

Mr Russell and his wife with best man, plus children (L-R) Beverley Large, Trevor Bromley, Vanda Mester, Gillian Mester and Angela Morgan.

Mr Russell and his wife with best man, plus children (L-R) Beverley Large, Trevor Bromley, Vanda Mester, Gillian Mester and Angela Morgan.

“After the first appeal, we were able to trace our page boy who now lives in Australia.

“The three girls on the right of the photo have also been traced – one is living in Bulgaria, another in South Croydon and one is in Rochester.

“But we would love to find Beverley Large,” added Mr Russell. “She was about 12 in 1964 and is the only one we’ve not been able to locate.

“We wanted to invite everyone in the photo not only to help us celebrate our anniversary, but to hopefully recreate our wedding photo 50 years on.

“We only need to find Beverley and it would mean the world to me and my wife.”

If you are Beverley Large, or know where she is and what happened to her, please call Mr Russell on 01342 715948.

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