Object in focus…

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

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.