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Golden wedding at Quorn - Mr and Mrs Thomas Whitby

Loughborough Echo 6th March 1936

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whitby, of Meeting Street, Quorn will celebrate their golden wedding on Saturday. They were married at Quorn on March 7th, 1886, by the Rev Robert Stammers, Mr. “Dobbin” Phipps being Parish Clerk at the time.

Mr. Whitby was born at Barrow-on-Soar, where he started work on a farm at the age of 12 years. Four years later he started as a hand-frame knitter being apprenticed to the late Mr. Oliver Orton, and for the next eight years wove army pants for which Barrow was then famous. He then became a weaver of bandoliers at Messrs. M. Wright and Sons, Quorn, where he remained for the rest of his working life, overlooking fifty pocket looms during the Great War, and only retiring some five years ago.

Mrs. Whitby, as Miss Heggs was employed as a warper by the same firm for many years.

As a young man Mr. Whitby was a member of the original Barrow Rising Star F.C., making his own jersey and stockings, as did several of his pals and playing against Leicester Fosse in its early days.

He also kept goal for Quorn Havelock with which team he once visited Measham for a cup-tie which was played in a snowstorm. The snow was so deep that when a player kicked the ball into the next field it was lost in the snow. A new ball was produced and Quorn came home victorious.

Mr. and Mrs. Whitby have been recipients of many presents on their anniversary. They are both in good health and with three married children in the village they are living again the society of their grandchildren.

 Submitted on: 2011-07-14
 Submitted by: Christine Sibcy
 Artefact ID: 1310
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=1310
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