Object in focus…

Men’s parachute silk shirt worn by Richard ‘Dick’ Stacey on his wedding day on 12 August 1944.

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Seventy one years ago, Dick Stacey married Mary ‘Betty’ Olley at the Methodist Church in Braintree and wore a parachute silk shirt made by his ‘bride to be’. Dick Stacey was employed in a reserved occupation during the war as a farm labourer at Rayne Hall. He was a member of the Home Guard and the ARP. Betty worked at Crittall Windows making Bailey Bridge components during the war and was known to be a ‘tip top welder’. It is thought that she may have purchased the parachute silk from a shop near St Michael’s Church.