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Museum Reaches Fever Pitch over Royal Hitch

24 May 2011

A wedding dress exhibit will be unveiled at Black Country Living Museum over the Easter holidays, just in time for wedding fever to sweep the nation.  The 1930s Wedding Dress was worn by Olive Small on her marriage to Norman Yates at Brierley Hill in July 1938. The couple celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary in 1998 and received a telegram from the Queen expressing her ‘warm congratulations’ on the milestone.

Senior Curator, Jo Moody said: “As well as the dress and the telegram, the family kindly donated a horseshoe souvenir, signed by all the guests who attended the wedding.  Olive and Norman Yates lived their whole married life in Netherton and the dress offers a fascinating glimpse into a typical Black Country wedding during the 1930s.”

Black Country Living Museum’s Canalside Village will be hosting one of Britain’s most unusual street parties.  Bunting will be draped across the houses and cottages in the historic 1900s village – transforming it into a riot of red white and blue. Traditional street party treats will be on the menu for those who wish to join in the ticket-only street party buffet.  Numbers are limited but street entertainment, sing-alongs, themed crafts and face-painting ensure a street party atmosphere and community spirit that is boundless.  Flag waving revellers are invited to watch a live broadcast of the fairytale wedding on a spectacular big screen in the Museum’s Folkes’ Park.  

Tickets to the Museum costs £13.60 for Adults, £11.00 for Seniors, £7.10 for Young People (5-16) and free admission for children under the age of 5.  Pre-purchased tickets for the street party lunch cost just £2 each. Tickets can be pre-purchased on 0121 520 8054 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0121 520 8054      end_of_the_skype_highlighting only and are not available online.

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