1940s hen party stops peo­ple in tracks

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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

Pic­ture: Matt Bris­tow FM3331929

Michelle Vas­sallo’s hen party, with 30 women dressed in 1940s gear out­side Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional sta­tion

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