Lion Tamer’s Daughter Weds

Note: Betty Rye was the daughter of Fred Rye the Skegness lion tamer. Mr Rye, who’s lion farm was at Burgh le Marsh, owned Freddie the Lion who was responsible for mauling to death the Rector of Stiffkey.

The 1951 article uses a word which is nowadays considered politically incorrect, and which may offend some people. I have therefore omitted this word in the transcript below.

Miss Betty Rye’s Wedding at Skegness

THE bridegroom, who is the second son of Mrs. E. Lucas, of Inglemede,” 22, Scarbrough Ave., Skegness, is the owner of Ivy House Farm, Huttoft, where the couple will make their new home. He is an old pupil of the Skegness Grammar School. During the war he served with the R.A.F. as air crew, joining in September. 1943. and after training qualified for the rank of Flight Engineer. He served in many parts of the British Isles. and the Far and Middle East, and held the rank of Warrant Officer when he was demobilised in Cairo in 1947. After leaving school, Mr. Lucas spent some time on aircraft. production in a large engineering plant at Derby and has been farming at Huttoft since the end of the war. He is an old member of the Skegness Swimming Club and a former holder of several swimming and diving trophies.
A keen and experienced horsewoman, the bride has been an instructress at a well known Skegness riding school for some years. Her parents are among the best known families in East Lincolnshire.
The Marriage ceremony was perform ed by the Rector (Rev. G. R. Sansbury). and Mr. C. E. Ball was the organist.
Miss Rye was given away by her father, and was smartly attired in a pale blue two-piece suit with [dark] brown accessories, and wore a spray of pink carnations and fern.
Mrs. Winter, who attended her, was dressed in a maroon suit with accessories to tone, and had a spray of pink carnations.
The bridegroom’s mother was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony at church owing to illness, but was present at the reception, which was held quietly at her home.
The honeymoon was spent on the South Coast.
Pictured below outside St. Matthew’s Church, Skegness, where they were married by special licence last Wednesday, are Mr. Peter Enderby Lucas and Miss Elizabeth Jane (” Betty”) Rye. Left to right:
Mrs. Kathleen Winter (‘groom’s sister), who was matron of honour; Mr. Waynman B. Lucas (‘groom’s younger brother), the best man; the bridegroom and bride; and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Rye, the bride’s parents, of 3, Watson’s Flats, Roman Bank, Skegness.

The child, Betty Rye, is pictured below with her father’s lion cubs.

Source: Skegness Standard 17th May 1951

Photo: Mrs A E Wrate, Lumley Road Skegness

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