DON’T they make a dashing couple... A World War Two hero’s uniform and a stylish bride’s wedding dress are causing quite a stir at a charity shop among vintage-seeking followers of fashion.
Volunteers at The Children’s Society store, on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough, were stunned to find the items donated anonymously in plastic carrier bags alongside the usual bric-a-brac.
And, after meticulously researching the backgrounds of each item, the outfits have both been put on sale in a silent auction.
Buyers are invited to make sealed bids in envelopes which will be opened at the end of the month.
Shop manager Christine Newbould said: “They are rather special items. I’ve been at the shop for 12 years, and the longest-serving volunteer has been here for two decades and we have never received anything like them.”
Myrna Stevenson, a volunteer researcher at the shop, has spent time looking into the history of each item. And she has discovered the dress was inspired by Christian Dior, while the uniform belonged to an Army officer who received the Military Cross for bravery.
Myrna, who has examined the insignia and decorations on the uniform, said: “It belonged to a lieutenant from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment.
“He was obviously a very brave young man as he was awarded the Military Cross, the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the Africa Star and the Defence Medal.”
Myrna carried out her research on the internet and also contacted the regimental museum in Luton.
But there was no way of tracing for sure the officer who owned the uniform because numerous decorations were handed out for gallantry in World War Two.
Christine said: “We are inviting bids for both items.”