Owners of lost wedding album could be in Hastings

Rosalyn Golds, head of media at National Express, and Shaun Stead, coach driver, pictured with the lost wedding album. 'Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131357001
Rosalyn Golds, head of media at National Express, and Shaun Stead, coach driver, pictured with the lost wedding album. 'Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131357001

Coach company National Express is appealing for help to reunite a wedding album with its rightful owner – ahead of what would be the 51st anniversary of the date they got married.

The beautiful wedding album, which is filled with black-and-white photographs, was lost by a coach customer last year and promptly handed into staff at Birmingham Coach Station.

The lost wedding album. Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131340001

The lost wedding album. Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131340001

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

There is a St Clements’ Church based on Swan Terrace, Hastings, leading to speculation the couple may have married in the town or be from the Sussex area.

Despite the best efforts of National Express staff to trace its rightful owner, 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.

The lost wedding album. Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131436001

The lost wedding album. Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131436001

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.

The 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.

The bride wears a traditional veil and a brocade gown with a pretty pearl trim while the groom looks dashing and best man Derrick sports a classic nineteen sixties double-breasted suit.

The lost wedding album. Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131314001

The lost wedding album. Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131314001

Lost property manager Claire Horvath said: “The photographs of Brian and Patricia are absolutely charming and the wedding looks to be such a happy day. We don’t know who lost the wedding album 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”.

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The lost wedding album. Picture by Adam Fradgley. SUS-160727-131326001

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