A Bride Rides In Lost Uncle’s Rolls Royce To Wedding after discovering it while researching her family history.
Eliose Britcher, 31, found the classic car while reading up on her great-great uncle Alfred Shread.
The wealthy fruit and vegetable wholesaler purchased the car in 1934, before it was sold to a former spitfire pilot.
Eliose found the motor for hire by a wedding car company when she was searching for information about her ancestor.
Her and her fiancé, Joseph Leney, knew one thing…..to get her to the church on time on their big day.
Eloise’s father, Roger, said: “It’s hard to put into words but obviously as a father people always say to you it’s a special moment, and it is.
“It absolutely pins you to the wall. When you chuck in such a beautiful car that’s part of our family history, it’s absolutely incredible.
“It was just lovely fun and it made your heart sing.”
Mr Shread bought the 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 limousine on April 4 of the same year for around $1,000. That’s roughly the equivalent to $72,000 today.
Soon after he died, former RAF pilot Capt. Vincent Twomey bought it in 1958.
Captain has a reason for liking these cars. It started on D-Day 1944 after the Rolls-Royce engine in his fighter plane kept him going long enough when he was shot down over Yugoslavia.
After Twomey died in 1998, the car was bought by Nick Woodward, who owns wedding car company called Woodward cars.
He put the car on his website, which was seen by Eliose.
Most of the time Mr Woodward works in the Surrey area as the cars can’t be driven long distances. However there was an exception for Eloise and Joseph, from Alpheton in Suffolk, U.K.
After the family had the Rolls-Royce carefully transported to the Suffolk, Mr Woodward, also a retired policeman, drove the father and bride to the church.
He said: “It was a huge thing for me having only met the family once before.
“The fact that Eloise had tracked it down researching the family history, it was very touching.
“It was an absolute honour to let Eloise sit in the same seat that her great-great uncle sat in to get to the wedding.
“As we drove the final part up to the church, we slowed right down and she said, ‘I’ve been waiting for this for years’.”Categories: Blog