Quest to Return a Mystery Wedding Photo Taken in Shoreham

Do YOU, your family or friends recognize yourself in this touching wedding photo?

Avril Hodgkins, 71, found the beautiful photo among a collection of photographs and letters her mother Barbara Hodgkins left her after her death in July 2015.

She didn’t recognize the faces of the happy couple or the church where the wedding took place, so she decided to post the image on social media in the hopes that a relative would come forward.

Barbara (left) who Avril thinks she might be the bride with in the wedding photo (left)

After a few years, Avril interrupted her mission, but she said the lockdown gave her a welcome opportunity to start her search again.

While the photo is still unclaimed, Avril has discovered that the church in the photo was St Mary De Haura, in Church Street, Shoreham and she hopes this information will help her locate the family pictured.

Avril, who lives in Surrey, said: “I was intrigued and thought I would try to locate the couple. I didn’t know how difficult it would be.

“It would be so amazing and an achievement really. Nowadays it’s so much easier to find people, it would be so fantastic to complete the last chapter of the story.

“I’m sure there are family members who would like to find it in their possession. It would be lovely to find the couple’s descendants and reunite this photo with the family and solve a mystery. ”

While her mother has never lived in Sussex, Avril believes she may have visited the bride pictured while serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the British Army, during the Second World War.

She believes she found a photo of her mother, alongside the bride, which was taken during her time in the military.

Avril said: “I believe the wedding photo was taken between the late 1940s and early 1950s.

“The witness is a corporal, or could be in a national service uniform, and looks a lot, almost identical, to the groom. I believe they are brothers and maybe even twins.

“I have a list of ten marriage announcements from 1948 to 1953, which I narrowed down to six possibilities.”

Do you know who is in the photo? If you have any information contact [email protected]

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