Grantham woman Yvonne Eldred celebrated tying the knot recently with a service conducted by the Bishop of Derby and by making a collection for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
Yvonne married Leicester-born Clive Selby at St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham.
The couple felt very privileged to have their service conducted by Alastair Redfern, who until 2005 was Bishop of Grantham and a friend of the bride when she worshipped at the Church of the Epiphany, in Edinburgh Road.
The couple collected money for charity in lieu of gifts.
On a glorious summer’s day, Yvonne arrived in style in a 1934 vintage Rolls Royce wearing a classically designed ivory wedding dress. She was given away by her dad, Tony Eldred, and was accompanied by bridesmaids Emily and Sarah Hoffmann. They are twins brought up in Ropsley and Yvonne was their nanny.
Clive’s grown-up sons, Gavin, Michael and Robert, were ushers on the day and his best man was an old friend, Bruce Laurie from Lambourn in West Berkshire.
Also in attendance was his daughter Stephanie, all his children’s partners and seven grandchildren.
A canapé reception and buffet party were held at the Guildhall afterwards. Local party band Crazy Ape provided a fantastic evening’s entertainment.
Yvonne, 51, lived in Grantham for 49 years. Twenty years ago she was one of the founder members of the singing group the Hi-Notes, which sings songs from the musicals and donates all its profits to charity. The group has raised more than £60,000 in that time.
Yvonne attended St Anne’s Primary School, St Hugh’s School and Grantham College and then worked caring for children in a variety of roles, and latterly at Huntingtower Community Primary Academy for 20 years. She had earlier obtained a teaching degree and is now an infant teacher, living near Henley-on-Thames in South Oxfordshire with Clive, 62, who is retired.
The couple will enjoy a honeymoon in Corsica.