Spire fire ultimatum

22 December 1961...

Spending Christmas in Norwich, we saw a report of the Crooked Spire fire on the evening TV news.

My fiance, who was then a member of the parish church choir, wanted to return immediately to Chesterfield.

I pointed out that if he returned our engagement would be ended if he put the church before our Christmas at my parents’ home.

He stayed, and we were married the following April !!

Gwen Hallam

Newbold