25 January 2020

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 Back from the wedding now. 

All went well and the weather was amazing for late January. The venue was on the edge of The Yorkshire Wolds just north of the village of South Cave where Shirley and I stayed in "The Fox and Coney" pub/restaurant/hotel.

This was the view from the back of the wedding venue which opened as recently as last September:-
It was a splendid location - just perfect for the sixty guests - with a mezzanine floor where the civil ceremony happened. I guess that most second marriages can have "side issues" and I was very conscious of the feelings of Tony's two daughters from his first marriage and Pauline's two sons from her first marriage. Certainly for Tony's daughters there is a legacy of  hurt and betrayal. However, they both seemed to have a good time.

In the evening a great seven-piece soul band from Hull set up their equipment. They were called Soul Patrol and they performed with much aplomb - polished and together. Here's their lead singer, a very talented frontman:- 
The guests danced the night away but earlier they had been treated to a magnificent oration by Yorkshire Pudding whose voice boomed about the rafters and whose clever humour caused  guffawing and several secret leakages in under garments.

But the main thing is that Tony and Pauline were happy. They cemented their relationship - looking to the future in love and hope. Who says you don't get second chances? As I said in my speech -  "May they live forever!"


38 comments:

  1. Well, that's sounds like a good time, and the bride and groom look very happy! Good luck and best wishes to them from across the pond!

    Good to know you're back, Pudding.

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    1. And nice to have you as the first commenter on this post Jennifer. Where and when did you and Gregg tie the knot?

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  2. The wedding was in the middle of a ploughed field? I hope you had your wellington boots with you.

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    1. Sorry for any confusion Sue. The venue was on the edge of that ploughed field and not in the middle of it. In the summer barley will no doubt be swaying there as more couples tie the knot

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  3. Sounds like a great wedding and I wish all the very best to the bride and groom. Second marriages can be, in my experience at least, the most amazing.
    And I have to tell you that when my ex-husband was just a young boy and in the Boy Scouts, his patrol was called The Soul Patrol. And at least three or four of those kids grew up to be musicians.

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    1. What a co-incidence! By the way, having Googled the name I know that the Soul Patrol at the wedding is not the only band in the world with that name.

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    2. It's too good a name for there to be only one band with it.

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  4. Gorgeous weather by the looks of it. I am sure your excellent speech was greatly admired and appreciated.

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    1. The weather was amazing for January 24th. It was as if God was looking down on them.

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  5. Congrats to Tony and Pauline! I wish them all the best. Merging families can often be tricky, but hopefully everyone will be as gracious and forward-looking as possible.

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    1. Of course, long ago, you must have gone through a similar tricky time.

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  6. Happy couple. Pauline looks fun. Isn't just north of South Cave just south of North Cave?

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    1. North Cave is north west of South Cave so perhaps the two villages should be renamed.

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    2. I know. I know. I've got a cousin who lives in one.

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  7. I wish them all the happiness they could ever want.

    Unfortunately, when marriages fail, it is too often the children who bear the lasting effects. Their lives are changed and there isn't a thing they can do about it, unlike the parents who at least have the choice to stay together or not, to work at it or not, or work at it and decide they can't anymore. It's hard all around, but eventually - hopefully - there is good that comes from it too.

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    1. As is often remarked, time can heal so much. Wise reflection Jenny.

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  8. To me the most positive thing in all that was that Tony's two daughters were there. I hope that was a really good sign for their future relationship.

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    1. I think you are right Graham. It meant a lot to Tony.

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  9. I don't think children understand that their parents are people too, we always see them as only our parents. The newlyweds look very happy and I hope their kids work it out. I know two of my kids aren't all that keen on my new husband, mostly because he doesn't put up with their shit. And to be fair, they're not all that keen on their father either. Miss Katie however loves my husband and he feels the same way about her. Life and families are so complicated.

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    1. When pursuing happiness you must sometimes put yourself first and stop reining yourself in in order to prevent upsetting others.

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  10. What a nice picture of the happy couple! I think we have seen them before - did you and Shirley meet up with them last summer? The hillside view is beautiful and I'm sure your speech was the highlight of the evening! Congratulations to Tony and Pauline!

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    1. You have a good memory Bonnie - I blogged about them last October - https://beefgravy.blogspot.com/2019/10/sandsend.html

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  11. It's always good to celebrate a second chance. They look very happy .

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    1. Finding each other may be the best thing they ever did.

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  12. This sounds very much like my kind of party; I would have been on the dance floor until,the band packed up their things.
    All the best to the happy newlyweds! I am sure your speech marked the occasion perfectly.

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    1. I do not possess your kind of dancing stamina Meike. I strutted my stuff sparingly and did what we call in England some "dad dancing".

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  13. Wish all the happiness to Tony and Pauline, may it be a long and fruitful relationship.

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    1. That's kind of you. Tony grew up in Malton and Norton like my father.

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    2. Well I never, it's weird how one town bleeds into the other, a bit like the 'Black Country'

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  14. Do the Dad Dance is a Lancashire Hotpots song YP. Did you play your air guitar to Eye Of The Tiger?

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    1. Yes I did that after the Pole dancing finished. There are plenty of Poles in Hull.

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  15. What a happy-looking couple and so glad the speech went down well.

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    1. They found each other on Match.com even though they lived less than a mile apart from each other.

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  16. And, the main thing is....your friends, Tony and Pauline are happy.

    By the sounds of it...an all-round happy time was had by all.

    May their joy and love continue to bloom. :)

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    1. Your positive wishes will help to fuel their journey.

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    2. I meant to say, also...that singer is a very handsome man. He reminds me a lot of Idris Elba...and I'm a big fan of Idris Elba.

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    3. I looked for a YouTube video by the band but could not find one. It is slightly confusing in that there are other bands with the same name.

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