Marriage of
Bill Bowler and Phyllis Charman
15th April 1939
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The wedding Group at St. James Church Gates
I met Phyllis at a dance in the Parish Hall in Aspley Guise in 1929 when I was 19 and she was 21. I went up to ask her for a dance and that is how it started. When the dance finished, I said, "Can I see you again?" like you do and she said, "Yes, I'll be out again next Wednesday". So we met up on the Wednesday and we were never apart again for the next 68 years.
We got married on 15th April, 1939. We had been courting for 10 years and people thought
Phyl and I would never get married. I wanted it to be much sooner but I couldn't get a house. You couldn't then unless you were working for the Estate, but eventually one came up in Woburn.

We had about 100 guests in the Reading Room after the wedding. Elsie played on the piano and Eddie was on the Piano Accordian. The Piano Accordian had only just come out then. Phyllis and I had the opening dance. It was to the tune of the Blue Danube. She was a lovely girl was Phyllis."