Our congratulations and best wishes to Shaky and Joan who were married yesterday. With love from all your friends at Penguin.
Enjoy this extract from Gill Turner’s diary about the wedding:
Shaky marries Joan – at last
In a fortnight of wind, rain and bleak skies, Friday 22nd July dawned clear and sunny, when Joan and Shaky got married.
Forget about William and Kate… this was the wedding of the year. Not quite Westminster Abbey, but the next best thing and just as memorable at the Lensbury Club in Teddington.
The bride – glowing and radiant in a dress that took your breath away – was led down the aisle by her proud dad, to the music of Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill. I remember when my big brother Shaky, bought that record (his first 78″, I think) back in the fifties. The fifties and sixties was a great era and everyone who knows Shaky knows how he loves his rock and roll…
Sharing in the celebrations were John and Joan’s families and closest friends including seven vintage Penguins: Lew and Sally Bloomfield – Best Man (great speech Lew!) and Best Woman (great help Sal!), John and Kay Whelan, me (Gill Turner, Shaky’s sister) and Malcolm and Carol Cromer (less ‘vintage’ than the rest of us, but getting there!).
Joan’s mum (now we know where Joan gets her boundless energy from!), as well as being in charge of buttonholes, had made the spectacular cake (gluten free of course, for Shaky), although the icing and the cute little bride and groom penguins eyeing each other warily on top were all Joan’s work.
Joan’s daughter gave a great speech in a tribute to her much-loved mother, and other family members entertained with a very funny song dedicated to Shaky, their own lyrics set to the music of Blueberry Hill and closing with the line ‘What took you so long?’.
Touching, emotional (Shaky’s speech had us all welling up!), entertaining and so much fun. It was a fantastic day when Joan and Shaky got married.