Family come forward in wedding snaps mystery


Family come forward in wedding snaps mystery

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The wedding photos were found inside a camera Mr Galmeanu bought online

A family have contacted the BBC to say they are the subjects of a series of mystery wedding photographs.

Alastair Bremner said the pictures were taken at the marriage of his sister Kathleen to Pete Maloney.

Romanian Alex Galmeanu discovered the images on undeveloped film inside a camera he bought online.

Mr Galmeanu thought the wedding had taken place in Scotland, but the venue has now been identified as the Burleigh Court Hotel in Gloucestershire.

Mr Bremner said his mother and father, Betty and Alex, were originally from Scotland but moved to Gloucestershire, where the children grew up.

His sister, known as Kathy, now lives in Cheltenham. Pete Maloney emigrated to Australia.

Alastair said the car in one of the pictures is his father”s Austin Maxi.

He thinks it was bought near Dollar in Clackmannanshire, where his parents lived before moving south. The car eventually covered 280,000 miles without a change of gearbox.

Mr Bremner identified other people in the pictures including his sister Morag, Pete Maloney”s parents, and an aunt and uncle, Grace and Bob Thomas.

One mystery remains. Mr Bremner does not know who took the pictures.

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The stairs on the back terrace of the Burleigh Court Hotel as they look now

The general manager of the Burleigh Court Hotel, Christine Read, had earlier partially solved the mystery when she confirmed the group shot was “definitely” taken on the hotel”s back terrace.

The hotel, near Stroud, has changed owners three times since 1979.

Ms Read, who joined the hotel staff in 1980, told BBC Scotland she knew it was her hotel “without a shadow of a doubt”.

“As soon as I saw the first picture with the trees I knew. And then the second photo has the lodge at the end of our drive,” she said.

Professional fashion photographer Mr Galmeanu, who discovered the images last week, has posted them online in the hope of returning the originals to the couple or a relative.

Writing on his blog, Mr Galmeanu said he found the film inside a Balda Baldix camera he bought from an online seller near Birmingham.

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Mr Galmeanu had said he hoped someone might recognise the couple in this photograph
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The corner of the Burleigh Court Hotel as it is now
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The photographer established the car was registered in the Stirling area in the early 1970s

He told the BBC”s Good Morning Scotland programme: “The biggest clue is one of the cars involved in the wedding. It”s decorated in such a manner and has a very visible plate number. If you search for the plate number it will come up as being registered first somewhere between 73 and 74.

“The second clue is in the film and developing process. The film is an old one. It was produced by Kodak until 74 and the process, which is named C22, is an old laboratory process and went on until 74. So this must be either 73 or 74.”

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Alex Galmeanu discovered unprocessed film in the old camera
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The film appeared to have lain forgotten in the camera for decades
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Some of the images recovered from the roll of film
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The collection of photographs includes this one of a house and garden
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Mr Galmeanu hopes to reunite the family with the photographs

Mr Galmeanu had guessed the pictures revealed a “discreet, low profile wedding” in a small town or rural area in the UK.

At the end of his blog he said: “Obviously, a happy end will complete this beautiful story.

“Your help is needed to share this to all your British friends.

“Who knows, maybe someone will hopefully recognise his/her family, and I”ll have the opportunity to return these images to those entitled to receive them.”

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