London, June 12: History repeated itself for a family in the UK on Saturday, as a bride tied the knot wearing the same dress her mother and grandmother had worn before her on their big days.
Tradition did not stop there, as Sarah Clark, from Cawood, North Yorkshire, married Jonathan Humphreys on the same date that her parents and grandparents had exchanged vows.
What adds to her delight is that the white piece, which Sarah’s grandmother, Dorothy Sampson, 74, had bought for just 30 pounds, has been compared to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen-designed wedding dress.
“Not many people can say they have their wedding dress from 1959. I was a bit dubious as to whether it would still be a dress and hadn’t disintegrated. There’s a bit of blue confetti that got stuck and has been there since mum and dad got married – I will consider it my lucky charm,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
Sampson has revealed that she had kept her wedding gown safe for 53 years because of sentimental reasons.
“I suppose I must have tried several dresses on, but that was the one I liked the best. It is still in perfect condition now. I kept it for sentimental reasons, locked away in a box in the loft,” she said.
The dress was first resurrected when Clark’s parents Catherine and Anthony tied the knot in 1984.
And when Clark brought the dress out, it fitted her perfectly too. The only alterations to the dress over the years have been an addition of 25 meters of netting to stiffen the train when she wore it.
Sarah hopes the dress will bring her a long and happy marriage like her grandmother and mother have enjoyed before her.
Clark also hopes if she has a daughter, the tradition can be passed down a fourth generation.
“I wouldn’t force my daughter to wear it, I would give her the choice. But it would be nice if she did,” she added. (ANI)