Our Wedding day, 1949




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Valori wedding imformation

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On a blustery November afternoon in 1949, guests arrive at the Roman Catholic Chapel of St George in  Fishergate, Norwich, to attend the wedding of Mr Henry Woods aged 31 and Miss Remina Valori aged 27.  Departing from the bride’s home in Catton Grove Road, the bridal party arrives at the chapel in a pair of Rolls  Royce cars, followed by the bride, dressed in traditional white. However, it is not Guido, the bride’s father, escorting Remina down the aisle but probably her elder brother Frank, aged about 38 years old and acting as  head of the family in Guido’s absence. (Guido’s death in Italy was registered in Norwich, just four years later in 1953.)
The White Horse, BrundallBrief glimpses of the inside of the chapel show the ceremony under way, before the newlyweds emerge smiling  and posing for photographs. The bridal party departs in the Rolls Royce cars with the guests following in a pair of coaches, all headed for the reception venue: the White Horse in Brundall (pictured right).
In the Pavilion the bridal party and guests sit down to a formal dinner followed by the cake cutting, a toast, speeches and telegrams and an ice cream dessert. No doubt the ice cream had been supplied by family members and is enthusiastically served out by Frank Valori.

With the formalities out of the way, the party begins as guests dance, drink tea, chat and sign the bridal book.  A succession of guests sing songs, accompanied by a piano, followed by a group dance. No doubt this would have delighted Remina’s mother and her side of the family who were musical entertainers.

The evening ends with another toast to the happy couple, as two young girls sing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow' and the guests begin to leave. The film concludes with the newlyweds surveying their wedding presents. 
This film gives us an insight into a family wedding at a time of austerity when rationing was still in place after the end of WW2. The Valori family, who knew all about the catering business, must have chosen The White Horse  because of its good food, hospitality and reputation. After all, they considered it  worthwhile to hire cars and two coaches to transport their guests seven miles out of the City and back again. 
The White Horse being demolishedAbout the White Horse pub

The White Horse public house used to stand on the corner of The Street and Blofield Road opposite Station Road. 

In the grounds the landlord had transformed a Nissen hut type of building into a pavilion which served as a function room. Sadly the pavilion burned down in 1976 and the pub itself was demolished around 2001 to make way for a housing development. 

It is pictured, left, as the demolition nears completion.





The Valori family

Although we know very little about the bridegroom, Henry Woods, who was born in the Aylsham area in 1918, there  is more information available about Remina Valori, who came from a large Italian family.
Her father, Guido Valori, born in Italy in 1880, had emigrated to England with his four younger brothers and  sister. The 1911 Census lists Guido and his younger brothers as plasterers by trade and all living at 58 Botolph Street Norwich.

 In 1910 Guido had married Rosina Mancini in Norwich and their first child Francisco, later known  as Frank, was born in 1911. They had several more children, including Remina, born in Norwich in 1922.
In that year Guido was running a catering operation at Brundall Gardens but by 1939 had become well  established as a fish merchant In Norwich.

By this time Guido and family were living comfortably at 1, Catton Grove Road, Norwich (which you will see featured in the film some 10 years later). Over the course of the 20th century it appears that various members of the Valori family owned and ran fish and chip shops and ice cream  parlour businesses all over Norwich. 
Guido’s wife Rosina Mancini, Remina’s mother, came from large family troupe of street musicians who lived at  No 8 Clarke’s Yard, Ber Street, Norwich, in 1901. Rosina’s parents, Giovanni and Carrie, had arrived in England some  time around the 1880s, settling first in Great Yarmouth, then Norwich.