NOSTALGIA: A true fair flower of Northumberland

The wedding party, from left, Marg Elliott with Lindis, Alice Nicholson, Corinne, Dick and Jack Elliott.
The wedding party, from left, Marg Elliott with Lindis, Alice Nicholson, Corinne, Dick and Jack Elliott.

This week, we received a letter and photographs from a Canadian man, Dick Lofthouse.

He wrote: “I have just discovered the item you printed some years ago about Mrs Alice Nicholson making a surprise flight to Canada for her daughter’s wedding in Calgary. I was the bridegroom and I didn’t know she was coming until the very morning of the wedding, when I was handed a bigger bill for flowers than I expected.

Corinne and Dick Lofthouse

Corinne and Dick Lofthouse

“The facts as printed are all exactly correct, but I thought I might add a little more. The date was November 8, 1957, a Friday evening. Armistice Day is a holiday in Canada, so that gave us a short honeymoon.

“Sadly Corinne died last month after two or three years of Alzheimer’s. She was a wonderful wife, a true ‘fair flower of Northumberland’.

“So I am now living alone, although we have three sons and a daughter all living in Calgary, for which we have always been thankful.

“One of our boys was born in Amble, at 26 George Street. We spent a lot of time there, over the years.

“Sister Nancy and her husband died many years ago, as did Corinne’s mum and dad and Jack Elliot, Margaret’s husband. Jack was as nice a fellow as you could meet. Marg is in hospital, where she will have to stay. She’s 89 now, five years older than Corinne. I retired in 1989 so I could enjoy climbing, hiking and skiing in the nearby mountains, at least for the first 14 years.

“There is much more family history I could write, but I hope this little bit helps to round off the story a bit.”

The top photo features, from left, Marg Elliott with Lindis, Alice Nicholson, Corinne, Dick and Jack Elliott. The bottom one is of Corinne and Dick cutting the cake.