CHINGFORD: Pensioner finds couple's old wedding photos

Dorothy Lucas with some the wedding photos

Derek JOhnson and bride Margaret Crabb

First published in Chingford East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A PENSIONER wants to give a married couple their wedding photos – half a century after their big day.

Dorothy Lucas, 87, of Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, found dozens of snaps in the dark room of her late husband, George, while giving it a spring clean recently.

The wedding photographer, who died ten years ago, had taken pictures of the marriage of Derek Johnson, of Royston Avenue in Chingford, and his bride Margaret Crabb, from Grays, who were married in the 1960s in a Grays parish church.

Despite numerous attempts to find the couple Mrs Lucas’s search proved fruitless, but she hopes readers might be able to help locate the bride and groom.

She thinks the couple may not have been able to afford the pictures at the time but wants to give the photos to them for free.

She said: “I was pleased to find them, they are really very nice pictures. They make me wonder what happened to the people in the photos because they look so happy.”

Mr Johnson, says a note attached to the photographs, was Venture Scout Leader of the 15th Chingford Group, but the scouts today have no idea where he might be or even if he is still alive.

But Mrs Lucas, who helped out in her George’s photography shop in Chingford Mount Road for a living, feels the couple should have the photos if possible because they brought back so many memories of her own happy marriage.

“It made me remember my own wedding,” she said. “We got married in Chingford two years after meeting one evening in a dance hall.

“I was 27 when George asked me to dance and that was that. We ended up pressed together in a telephone box afterwards. He was a wonderful man, we had a lovely time together.

“We took trips up and down the country to take photos and I managed to take some as well.”

George did not just keep wedding photos. Mrs Lucas also found pictures of her aunts working in drapery store Everett’s, in St James Street, Walthamstow, in the 1920s.

“We lived and grew up in Waltham Forest,” said Mrs Lucas. “It was strange seeing these old pictures though, the place has changed so much.”

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8:46am Sun 8 Apr 12

LoveE18/IG8 says...

What a nice lady. Best wishes to you.
What a nice lady. Best wishes to you. LoveE18/IG8
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10:01am Sun 8 Apr 12

myopinioncounts says...

The photos would make a wonderful exhibition if space could be found for them.
The photos would make a wonderful exhibition if space could be found for them. myopinioncounts
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1:15pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Claxon Foghorn says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
The photos would make a wonderful exhibition if space could be found for them.
Space? Where?

Exhibition?

You mean you would actually like to trawl though someone else s own photo album?

How bizzare.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: The photos would make a wonderful exhibition if space could be found for them.[/p][/quote]Space? Where? Exhibition? You mean you would actually like to trawl though someone else s own photo album? How bizzare. Claxon Foghorn
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1:30am Mon 9 Apr 12

roar says...

I hope the couple or their relatives are found to pass the pics on. And yes, it would be great to see the other old pics of Waltham Forest too.
I hope the couple or their relatives are found to pass the pics on. And yes, it would be great to see the other old pics of Waltham Forest too. roar
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5:48pm Mon 9 Apr 12

tjw422 says...

What a wonderful find and subsequent selfless offer. I forwarded some literature I found to Hainault Baptist Church re one of their founding members. I hope this article eventually brings something positive too. Think again, claxon foghorn. Something like this is not just personal history, but local info to share with us all.
What a wonderful find and subsequent selfless offer. I forwarded some literature I found to Hainault Baptist Church re one of their founding members. I hope this article eventually brings something positive too. Think again, claxon foghorn. Something like this is not just personal history, but local info to share with us all. tjw422
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11:30am Wed 11 Apr 12

roar says...

Where have the comments gone?
Where have the comments gone? roar
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11:31am Wed 11 Apr 12

roar says...

Back again now!
Back again now! roar
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7:57am Thu 12 Apr 12

E4nanny says...

I agree it would be wonderful to see the old photos of chingford it would bring back very happy memories
I agree it would be wonderful to see the old photos of chingford it would bring back very happy memories E4nanny
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