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MARRIAGE OF MR W. P. OWEN, SOLICITOR - Aberystwyth Observer, 27 October 1892

Great were the rejoicings at Towyn on Tuesday, the occasion of the marriage of Mr W. P. Owen, solicitor, Aberystwyth, to Miss Ethel A. Robinson, daughter of Mr J. Robinson, of Botalog, Hall, Towyn. The town was gay with bunting, and numerous triumphant arches were erected across the road leading to Botalog, which is situated about a mile out on the Aberdovey road. During the early morn the surrounding hills re-echoed with the reports from cannons and other missiles, and the church bells also set forth many a merry peal in celebration of the event. During the day the streets of Towyn were enlivened by well rendered selections by the members of the Corris Brass Band, under the conductorship of Mr John Hughes. The following gentlemen were appointed to act as a committee to see to the decorations and attend to the festivities generally, and were also entrusted with the distribution of a quantity of beef to the poor of the town, Mr Robinson having given a bullock for the purpose: Dr Grosholz (chairman), Mr John Jones, Post Office (treasurer), Mr William [Rowlands (secretary), Mr Price Hughes, Mr W. M. Williams, Mr Morris James, Capt Davies, Mr W. W. Jones, Mr Price Thomas. Mr John Davies, Mr Thomas Wynne, Mr A. Joachim, Mr Joseph Carter, Mr Chidlaw Roberts, and Mr J. R. James.

The marriage ceremony was solemnized at St Cadvan's church, and long before one o'clock, the hour fixed for the happy event, a large concourse had collected at the entrance to the church waiting the arrival of the wedding party, who arrived a few minutes late. The service was conducted by the Rev Elias Owen, M.A., F.S.A., rector of Efenechtyd, Diocesan Inspector of schools for the Diocese of St Asaph, and father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev E. J. Owen, curate of Llanfairfechan, brother of the bridegroom. and the Rev E. Edmundes Jones, warden of the School of Divinity, Bangor, an old school-fellow of the bridegroom. At the close of the service the surpliced choir sang the appropriate hymn "The voice that breathed o'er Eden." Mr R. Geddes Smith, solicitor, Brynymor, Aberystwyth, acted as best man, and the bridesmaids were Miss Beatrice Robinson, Miss Maggie Owen, Miss Louise Robinson, and Miss Sybil Robinson. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked very pretty, being attired in a dress and train of white bengaline with lace veil and wreath of orange blossoms and as ornaments wore diamonds, pearls and sapphires, and carried a lovely bouquet the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids wore dresses of pale heliotrophe and white crepon with long tulle veils, and carried bouquets composed of white chrysanthemums, and as ornaments wore curb bangles, the gifts of the bridegroom. The bride's mother was attired in a dress of grey bengaline silk, trimmed with strawberry silk, and the bridegroom's mother wore a dress of plum-coloured velvet with bonnet to match, trimmed with pink roses. After the ceremony the wedding party were entertained at an at home at Botalog, prior to which there was a reception. Among the guests present in addition to the bridal party were the following: Dr and Mrs Grosholz, Towyn the the Rev Titus and Mrs and Miss Lewis, Towyn; Mrs and the Misses Ffoulkes Jones, Towyn; Capt and Mrs Preston, Towyn; Mr Richard Gillart, Machynlleth Mr A D. Dawson, Newtown; Mr Campbell Hyslop, Church Stretton; Mr and Mrs Henry Nixon, Manchester; Mr and Mrs Orford, and the Masters Orford, Brynffynon; Mr Seymour Owen, Towyn; Mr Kenrick, Aberdovey; Rev Mr Owen, father of the bridegroom,and Mrs and Miss Owen; Mr Pearson Phillips, Shrewsbury Rev Richard Davies, curate Towyn; Mr B. G. Smith, Aberystwyth; Mr Edmundes Jones; Mr A. J. Hughes, solicitor, Aberystwyth; Mr Robert Jones, Sunnyhill, Aberystwyth; Capt W. H Wemyss. Marine-terrace, Aberystwyth; the Rev J. E. Protheroe, and the Rev William Evans, Aberystwyth; Mr E. J. Owen, brother of the bridegroom; Mr William Owen, Bala; Mr B. C. Richardes, Penglais, Aberystwyth; Mr Richard Mathias, Bank, Aberystwyth; Rev Mr and Mrs Richards, Festiniog; Mr Kenrick, Ruabon; Mr Rees Richards, Mr E Owen, Beaumaris; Mr and Mrs Jones, the Park, Caersws; Mr R. Jones-Griffiths, solicitor, Dolgelly, &c., &c.

The happy couple left by the evening train amid the good wishes of the Towynites and their friends, for Wynne Hall, Ruabon, en-route for the south. The bride's travelling dress was of tartan plaid with green hat and fur coat.

[There followed a long list of presents to the groom and to the bride]

Prior to leaving by the evening train the wedding party were conveyed through the streets of the town headed by the Towyn band, and at various points they were heartily cheered. In the evening the town and neighbourhood was illuminated in honour of the event, and to-day (Wednesday) sports were held and the school children partook of an excellent tea.

The event was duly honoured at Aberystwyth, the streets being decorated with bunting, &c., and in the evening there was a display of fireworks, and bonfires were ignited on the surrounding hills. At eight o'clock the employees of the firm of Messrs Smith, Owen and Davies sat down, together with the clerks from the branch offices at Aberayron and Lampeter, and a few friends, to a sumptuous spread prepared by Mrs Rea, at the White Horse Hotel. Mr R. Geddes Smith presided, and Mr William Davies occupied the vice chair. Among the other gentlemen present were the Rev E. J. Owen, brother of Mr W. P. Owen, Rev E. Edmund Jones, Bangor, Mr J. W. Davies, Colwyn Bay, Mr R. C. Richardes, Penglais, Mr J. M. Edwards, Lampeter, Mr Robert Jones, Mr T. J. Cashmore, Mr R. E. James, Mr J. R. Williams, Lampeter, &c., &c. Ample justice having been done to the good things provided by the hostess, whose catering gave every satisfaction, the loyal toasts, as well as those of the Bride and Bridegroom, and the employees, were drunk with musical honours. During the evening the members of the Briton Band, played several selections of music opposite St Phillips' Hall, Mr David Phillips having kindly lit up the entrance for their convenience.

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