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Coach company discovers beautiful lost wedding album

Pictured the August 7th 1965 Wedding Photo Album of Brian Lewis & Patricia Cavanagh at St Clements Church
Pictured the August 7th 1965 Wedding Photo Album of Brian Lewis & Patricia Cavanagh at St Clements Church

[A] coach company is trying to reunite a wedding album with its rightful owners – 50 YEARS after they got married.

The beautiful album filled with black-and-white photographs was lost by a passenger – and promptly handed into staff at Birmingham Coach Station.

But despite the best efforts by National Express, the album, which names Patricia Cavanagh and Brian Lewis as the bride and groom, has remained unclaimed.

It was lost during what would have been the couple’s Golden Anniversary year – pointing to the possibility someone may have been carrying it to a celebration.

No records of the couple exist on National Express systems, suggesting if the album was indeed lost directly by Patricia or Brian, they purchased an on-the-day ticket.

Now, keen to return the album, which is likely to hold huge sentimental value, National Express staff are making the appeal public.

AF_029_Lost_wedding_Album_NXP-750x564The wedding album has a well-worn cream cover – suggesting it has been thumbed through many times over the years. Inside are fifteen charming black and white photographs speaking to a bygone age when Beatlemania swept the world and Morris Minors ruled the roads.

Details of the wedding have been lovingly filled in, listing the couple – who look to be in their early twenties – to have married at ‘St Clements Church’ on Saturday, August 7, 1965 supported by bridesmaids Julie and Christine and best man Derrick.

AF_034_Lost_wedding_Album_NXP-615x750AF_033_Lost_wedding_Album_NXP-750x584The bride wears a traditional veil and a brocade gown with a pretty pearl trim, the groom looks dashing and best man Derrick sports a classic nineteen sixties double-breasted suit.

Lost property manager Claire Horvath said: “The photographs of Brian and Patricia are absolutely charming and the wedding looks like such a happy day.

“We don’t know who lost the wedding album or why it was being transported but it is clear it must hold huge sentimental appeal to have been carried around after all these years.

“We’re really keen to get this album home – wherever that may be – and would be overjoyed for it to be returned to its rightful owner.”

In 1964:

When Brian and Patricia married…

Do Wah Diddy Diddy by Manfred Mann was at the top of the charts.
Those lucky enough to own a TV could tune into new show Match of the Day
People drove Mini cars – and wore mini skirts
The average weekly wage was £16
Peter Sellers wed Britt Eckland
Alec Douglas-Home was Prime Minister

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