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AXMINSTER: We trace happy couple in mystery wedding photo

Thursday, 12 June 2014

An Axminster resident’s appeal for information about an old photo had a resounding response. As reported in our April 15th issue, Councillor Sue Spiller found a photographic negative on a pavement in the town. She had the negative developed, resulting in a photo of a wedding party from decades ago. She appealed for information through Pulman’s View in an attempt to trace the negative’s owner. There was an instant response and Mrs Spiller said: “Little did I realise when I picked up the negative off the pavement, the interest it would create from our local community. “I have had a great many phone calls from lovely people trying to help. “Some grew up with the couple in the picture, some had lived nearby, one person had been at the wedding. “Although most people couldn’t remember exactly and said late fifties, early sixties, eventually one person narrowed it down to either 1960 or 1961. “They all named them [the couple] as Leslie and Eileen Pike. “Unfortunately I understand from these phone conversations that Leslie has passed away and Eileen is rather frail. “I then had a phone call from a Mrs Pike on behalf of her husband Colin, who is one of the couple’s sons. “Unfortunately, we still do not know who dropped the negative, but I have arranged to pass the negative together with the photo my friend printed from it, to Mrs Pike so that she and her husband can retain it safely within the family. “If anyone should come forward at a later date, I can then refer them to the family. “I think this is a really good result, and I would like to say thank you to yourself and the View From for publishing the photograph, and to the lovely people who took the time and trouble to phone me.”


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