How times have changed.

Fifty years ago on a very warm spring day, Michael and Joyce Barltrop were married at St Michael's Church in Braintree, on February 1, 1964.

The following week's copy of the Braintree and Witham Times, dated Friday February 7 1964, printed a photo of the couple on the front page, with the caption "A vintage car for the bride".

The picture was taken as the happy couple were leaving for their reception in a 1907 De Dion car, belonging a family friend.

Mr Barltrop, who lives with his wife in Clare Road, Braintree, said: “We were very surprised to make front page news.”

“Our cherished copy of that newspaper makes very interesting reading. The price was 3d.”


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