The Fairy Tale remembered

It was the fairy tale of 1981 – the wedding of future King, The Prince Charles and his beautiful young bride, Diana. The wedding was a big national event – one for which the world came to a stop as the couple tied the knot at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Around the country it was celebrated with street parties and also with church services. Market Lavington and Easterton certainly took part in many local events. Today we recall the church service at St Barnabas, Easterton, held to mark this occasion.

Cover of the St Barnabas Church  Order of Service marking the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981

Cover of the St Barnabas Church Order of Service marking the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981

Thirty four years ago – but what a different world in terms of how we prepared and printed documents. This has clearly been done on a typewriter to cut a stencil. The Prince of Wales feathers have been hand cut on the stencil. Producing classy looking documents on your home computer was still something in the future. Let’s face it, having a home computer was in the future for most people back in 1981. This was the year that Clive Sinclair introduced his ZX81 computer.

So what order of service was deemed suitable for the occasion?

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It’s a very traditional service, fitting for a very traditional occasion.

But again, it is the style and quality of the little publication that marks out what a different world it was.

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