A very sporting club and a brewery visit for Isle publicans

Jenny and Gordon Hobson, of West Butterwick, look at photographs of their wedding day as they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jenny and Gordon Hobson, of West Butterwick, look at photographs of their wedding day as they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Picture: Andrew Roe

This week’s Retro Bells feature has both a sporting and a travel theme.

A couple of weeks ago we told you how Isle couple Jennifer and Gordon Hobson had a wedding day with a difference 50 years ago.

West Butterwick football team photo in the late 1950's. Picture: Andrew Roe

West Butterwick football team photo in the late 1950's. Picture: Andrew Roe

The couple, of North Street, West Butterwick, set their wedding day for October 18 1963, which clashed with a football fixture for West Butterwick Football Club who Mr Hobson played for at the time.

As moving the wedding date was no option, club and league officials agreed to move the fixture, so all of Mr Hobson’s teammates could attend the big day.

They were married at St Mary’s Church in West Butterwick, surrounded by all of their family, friends and teammates.

The couple has kindly submitted the photograph, right, showing the team in the late 1950s.

The Isle of Axholme Licensed Victuallers' Association pictured on a visit to Park Royal Brewery in Dublin on August 23, 1960.

The Isle of Axholme Licensed Victuallers' Association pictured on a visit to Park Royal Brewery in Dublin on August 23, 1960.

Mrs Hobson, 68, a retired retail worker, said of the wedding day: “It was a little unusual but they did it to accommodate everyone.

“It was a nice gesture to make sure everyone could attend.

“My memory of the day is a little hazy, so much has happened since then. But I do remember it being very windy.”

Mr Hobson, 73, a retired builder, played for West Butterwick FC for more than ten years and is well known in Isle footballing circles.

The quirky story was covered by the Epworth Bells at the time which ran with the headline ‘Wedding On - Match Off’.

The couple have kept the newspaper cutting in their wedding album.

Our other main picture shows the Isle of Axholme Licensed Victuallers’ Association on a visit to Park Royal Brewery in Dublin on August 23, 1960.

It was sent in to us by Angus Townley, 50, from Crowle, who is a member of the Crowle and Ealand Heritage Society.

He said: “I acquired the photo on eBay.

“It would be great to get names to all the faces.”

The association represented self-employed licensees of public houses in the area.

If you know who the people are, or have any other pictures of the association, please contact us on 01302 347223.

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