1940s hen party stops people in tracks
It’s not the sort of sight you would normally expect when you turn up to catch a train. Family and friends of a bride-to-be dug out the hair rollers, donned tea dresses and buckled up their chunky shoes for a 1940s-inspired hen do.
Michelle Vassallo loves all things vintage so her pals organised a cream tea with in fancy dress on Sunday in advance of her wedding day.
The group gathered outside Ashford International station, where they posed for photographs before getting the train to Canterbury for an afternoon in the ABode hotel’s champagne bar followed by cocktails at The Cuban.
Proud mum Lesley Vassallo, who went along with the bride’s sister Melissa, said: “It was a lovely day and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
“A lot of people were staring at us and some American tourists stopped to take our photo.”
The 33-year-old, who lives in Hamstreet, will marry fiance Leon Reed at Lake Windermere in the Lake District later this month. This is Michelle’s second hen do as she has already been on holiday to Ibiza with her mum and 16 friends and female relations.
It might be a minority voice, but we have received an anonymous letter from one reader in praise of seagulls. Responding to our columnist Stuart Barton’s recent comments – in which he went to the aid of a gull that had crash landed in his back yard, only to be “swooped at by a couple of screeching adult seagulls” – the writer seems to suggest our man had a lucky escape.
The letter states: “If Mr Barton was attacked, it was to protect its young and if they really wanted to hurt him they do have razor-sharp beaks”, adding “it is not likely, they do not attack people”. The writer goes on: “I have done a study of these birds at nesting time and the parents are excellent, the young gulls are very attractive when first hatched full of fluff and beaks, as they get older and try to fly this is their most dangerous time, as if they fall to the ground they are usually unable to get up again and are prey to cats or a fox.”
For more on what people in Ashford think of the seagull invasion, see page 21
Michelle Vassallo’s hen party, with 30 women dressed in 1940s gear outside Ashford International station