Rowston couple could be owners of 1960s wedding album left on National Express coach

Rosalyn Golds, Head of Media National Express and Shaun Stead, coach driver with the August 7, 1965 wedding photo album of Brian Lewis and Patricia Cavanagh at St Clement's Church, which they would like to reunite with the family. Photo: Adam Fradgley EMN-160727-172821001
Rosalyn Golds, Head of Media National Express and Shaun Stead, coach driver with the August 7, 1965 wedding photo album of Brian Lewis and Patricia Cavanagh at St Clement's Church, which they would like to reunite with the family. Photo: Adam Fradgley EMN-160727-172821001
  • In 1965 when Brian and Patricia married: Help! by the Beatles was Number One
  • Harold Wilson was Prime Minister
  • People with a TV could watch newly launched Match of the Day
  • Churchill died aged 90 with thousands attending the funeral
  • Ronnie Biggs escaped prison
  • England were still a year off their World Cup victory

Coach company National Express is appealing to reunite a wedding album with its rightful owners - possibly living in the Sleaford area – ahead of what would be the 51st anniversary of the date they got married.

The beautiful wedding album, which is filled with black-and-white photographs, was lost by a coach customer last year – and promptly handed into staff at Birmingham Coach Station.

The August 7 1965 wedding photo album of Brian Lewis and Patricia Cavanagh at St Clement's Church. The photographic album was handed in after being found at Birmingham Coach Station. Photo: Adam Fradgley EMN-160727-172905001

The August 7 1965 wedding photo album of Brian Lewis and Patricia Cavanagh at St Clement's Church. The photographic album was handed in after being found at Birmingham Coach Station. Photo: Adam Fradgley EMN-160727-172905001

Details of the wedding have been lovingly filled in, listing the couple – who look to be in their early twenties – to have married at a mystery ‘St Clements Church’ on Saturday, August 7, 1965 supported by bridesmaids Julie and Christine and best man Derrick.

In Lincolnshire there are St Clements’ Churches in Rowston and Brigg, leading to speculation the couple may have married - and even still be living in the area.

Despite the best efforts of National Express staff to trace its rightful owner, the album, which names Patricia Cavanagh and Brian Lewis as the bride and groom, has remained unclaimed.

It was lost during what would have been the couple’s golden anniversary year - pointing to the possibility someone may have been carrying it to a celebration.

A wedding photo of Brian Lewis and Patricia Cavanagh. Photo: Adam Fradgley EMN-160727-172938001

A wedding photo of Brian Lewis and Patricia Cavanagh. Photo: Adam Fradgley EMN-160727-172938001

No records of the couple exist on National Express systems, suggesting if the album was indeed lost directly by Patricia or Brian, they purchased an on-the-day ticket, says the company.

Now, keen to return the album, which is likely to hold huge sentimental value, National Express staff are making the appeal public.

The wedding album has a well-worn cream cover – suggesting it has been thumbed through many times over the years. Inside are 15 charming black and white photographs speaking to a bygone age when Beatlemania swept the world and Morris Minors ruled the roads.

The bride wears a traditional veil and a brocade gown with a pretty pearl trim while the groom looks dashing and best man Derrick sports a classic nineteen sixties double-breasted suit.

Lost property manager Claire Horvath said: “The photographs of Brian and Patricia are absolutely charming and the wedding looks to be such a happy day. We don’t know who lost the wedding album but it is clear it must hold huge sentimental appeal to have been carried around after all these years. We’re really keen to get this album home – wherever that may be – and would be overjoyed for it to be returned to its rightful owner”.
For further details contact Ros Golds on 0121 460 8419 / 07825 976 593 or rosalyn.golds@nationalexpress.com