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25 Year Wedding Memories Relived


08 January 2014

On Saturday 14 December, a happy couple were chauffeur driven down memory lane at Black Country Living Museum to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

In 1988 on 17 December, Black Country girl, Julie Cooksey was waiting patiently for her carriage to arrive to transport her to Holy Trinity Church in Wordsley, where she would marry Kent born, Paul Tully. The couple met in their university drama club and it was love at first sight. Julie’s late mother, Joy Cooksey who was the Museum’s PA & Visitor Services Manager, had wanted a Black Country car for this truly special day and under very unique circumstances leased a car from the Museum for her daughter’s wedding day – the Bean 14 h.p. Tourer.

This particular Bean Tourer available from 1923 and advertised as giving the most economical running, coupled with maximum comfort, entered the Black Country Museum collections in the early 1970s before the Museum was located at its current Tipton site. Before its time at the Museum, the Bean was initially a family car used to travel to holiday destinations such as Great Yarmouth, Brighton and Wales, but it had not been run for 25 years. When it reached the Museum, despite starting up first time, it was in need of vital restoration work. This was carried out with thanks to the support of Bean Engineering, British Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd who donated apprentice labour to the Museum in 1973. Bean was originally located in Tipton & Dudley and stopped producing cars in 1929.

Being back in the car 25 years on from her wedding day, Julie Tully said ‘it was a truly magical day and thanks to the Museum, the experience brought all the memories of my wedding day back in the way a photograph couldn’t as me & my husband, once again got to experience all the sounds and smells of the exact same vintage car, which is a credit to the Museum’s transport volunteers restoration work’.


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