Exhibition brings history to the present
In the first story of our new Reporter Challenge series, Rexine Hawes models for the Ladies High Tea event held at the weekend for Pohlen Hospital.
It’s a dream for many women to wear a wedding gown and feel like a princess for a day.
I’ve already had my turn, I married Craig Hawes in 2007. I remember it fondly but I’ll admit I’m not much for primping and preening, so the whole ‘princess’ thing was lost on me.
Even so, I was honoured to be involved in the Ladies High Tea, and model wedding dresses dating back to the 1930s, and then write about my experience for my Reporter Challenge assignment.
I could quite happily have stayed in one dress in particular, worn by Margaret Wiffin’s mother in 1933, not only because it was so tight fitting that it was a bit of a challenge in itself to get on and off, bend or sit, but it was just so beautiful.
I also had the privilege of wearing Margaret Wiffen’s wedding dress from 1960 and Joanne Morgan’s dress, from 1980.
While the dresses were stun- ning, it was more of an honour to bring a wee bit of history into the present. The smiling faces of many of the ladies as the models paraded was priceless and made being part of it so worthwhile.
Prior to being involved in the event, I didn’t realise that Wilbert Marks Department store sold many of the dresses being modelled, the store my husband’s grandma, Betty Hawes, worked in.
It also gave me a little insight into the creative talents of both Shirley Frew and Dulcie Barton.
The Dalton’s Daisies, well known for their fundraising abilities, could put the most experienced event planner to shame. They made and poured every cup of tea, baked every morsel of bite sized food, dressed and undressed the models, sometimes in a big hurry, and had us all where we needed to be at exactly the right time. Do you have a challenge for our reporter? Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
‘‘it was more of an honour to bring a wee bit of history into the present.’’
I must say a huge thank you to Sandra Hunter, who made it possible for me to be involved in the event, while she covered it for the paper, see her photos on page 8.
The biggest challenge for me - my calves are still sore from my 11 inch heels, now I remember why they have sat unused on my shoe rack for so long, which is probably where they will stay for another few years.
Rexine Hawes, in Joanne Morgan’s wedding dress, pictured with bridesmaid Jaimee Tye. More pictures, page 8.