Marriage of
Dorothy Bowler and
Frederick Cotchin

30th June 1945
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Dorothy Cotchin recalls her wedding day:

"I was born at 43 Turnpike Road in 1920 and have lived in Husborne Crawley all my life. I met my husband Fred on a moonlit night in 1943 as I rode my bike on my way to work at The Old Rectory in Eversholt.

The Rectory had been taken over by the War Office and I was working there in service. Fred was on his way home from his job as crossing keeper at Crawley Holt Crossing. We started talking and two years later we were married at Crawley Church by Cannon Rust."

Frederick and Dorothy Cotchin
The wedding took place at Husborne Crawley Parish Church on Saturday of Miss Dorothy Bowler, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Arthur Bowler and Mr Frederick Cotchin, son of Mrs and the late Mr F Cotchin of Ridgmont. The vicar officiated. The bride has been connected with the church choir and Sunday School. The bridegroom was born at Ridgmont, he was on the munition work in the early years of the European war but later he transferred to the railway.

The bride who has been connected away by her brother (Mr Benson Bowler), was attired in a dress of silver lame with veil. She carried a bouquet of red roses, and she was accompanied by Miss Sheila Stutely (niece of the bridgroom) who wore a dress of pink net and carried a bouquet of sweet peas. Mr Ernest Cotchin (twin brother of the bridegroom) was the best man. The reception was held in the Reading Room.