IT’S a puzzle that had taxed Doreen Neagle’s family for a year.
Mrs Neagle, now 84 and living in Burnham-on-Sea, had got out the photo album to help daughter Dianne with the family tree. But they immediately hit the bumpers.
There in a happy wedding photograph of Doreen (nee Stephenson) and her husband, Gordon Thomas Neagle, was a young bridesmaid who 60 years on, the family had few memories of. So just who was Jean Cuthbert, the young bridesmaid, at a wedding in Upper Cumberworth in 1942?
The answers and the information came in thick and fast. And it seems that telephones have been buzzing. We now know more about the Neagle, Kaye and Stephenson families – and a number of them have got in touch for the first time in years.
“Wow! I am amazed that you have the answer so quickly. Everyone in the family seem to have seen the story that you carried and relatives not heard of for years have contacted each other. Brilliant,” said Dianne.
“My mother is overwhelmed and so pleased that you have found the answer to the problem so quickly.
“Many of my cousins have contacted each other and I have spoken to them also. It is wonderful that after our children have left home we have found each other again and perhaps I will be able to fill some gaps in the family history.”
One of the first to call the Examiner was Mrs Brenda Holden (nee Stephenson). She was one of the four bridesmaids. She used to live in Upper Cumberworth but now lives in Meltham.
She was astounded to see herself in the paper and was pleased that she may now be able to get back in touch with Doreen and her daughter Dianne who was a bridesmaid at her own wedding.
Brenda says that Jean Cuthbert was an evacuee who was living with her family.
Brenda took a call from another member of the family who had seen the story and wanted Brenda to see it. It was the sister of the pageboy pictured.
Brenda doesn’t have a copy of the photograph and was pleased to see it. She was even more pleased at the prospect of getting back in touch with Doreen’s side of the family.
Mrs Margaret Mitchell, of Lepton was similarly surprised to see herself in the paper.
“I nearly dropped out of the chair when I saw it,” she said. Margaret, who stood next to the bridegroom on the wedding picture, said:
One of the biggest bonuses for the family of the photograph being in the Examiner is that they have been able to contact Doreen’s branch of the family.