'Different and special' Kate Ridgway, from Stockport, made the decision to wear her grandmother's wedding dress in 2014. "I remember it from when I was a child," said the 27-year-old. "I always knew nan had kept it and I tried it on for dressing up, but back then I thought it was a horrid lacy thing." However, when she got engaged to her now-husband Stu, Joan Chatfield, known as "Nanny Chat", asked if she would like to wear it on her big day. "I was heavily pregnant at the time, so I couldn't try it on," said Kate. "But she had always wanted me to wear it." Then, three days after Kate's eldest son was born, her nan passed away. When she travelled down to Sussex for the funeral, her mother handed her the box with the vintage wedding dress from 1951, and everything fell into place. "When I tried it on, it fitted perfectly," she said. "I had it cleaned but I didn't have to do anything else to it. "I had tried on brand new wedding dresses and I had fallen in love with one, but this felt different and so special. "It meant so much to us as a family for me to wear it and, as you can imagine, it made for a very emotional day." 'One of a kind' Image copyright Emily Clark Image caption Emily Clark's dress was first worn by her mother Marilyn London-based digital designer Emily Clark also hopes to start a tradition of her own by using her mother's frock for her wedding this October. The 33-year-old said her mother's dress, which was first worn in 1980, had played a big part in her childhood.
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Ms Newall, who got married in June last year, believed the dress had been taken to be sold by administrators Wylie & Bisset. It sparked an appeal on Facebook and national TV for help in finding the dress, which was eventually discovered in a crumpled heap on the floor of the dry cleaners. In a post that was shared more than 300,000 times, she wrote: "I have just found out that the dry cleaners have lost my much loved wedding dress. "It was made by my Great Great Granny in 1870 (I altered the top) and I wore it in June 2016. "It seems that the dress was taken to be sold so it could be winging its way anywhere. Please share this far and wide in case anyone stumbles across it." In an attempt to find the dress, which was made by her great-grandmother Dora, she appeared on Sky News and her story went viral. It prompted the administrators to contact her saying it had been found by the shop landlord in a crumpled heap on the floor. Ms Newall wrote: "We received this letter this morning from the administrators, Wylie & Bisset, confirming that our dress was not in Kleen Cleaners. "However, we also received a phone call from the very kind landlord of the shop property who had read about it. "He checked what was really left by Wylie & Bisset and found an antique lace dress in a crumpled heap on the floor. "My Mum & Dad have just been let into the shop and to their amazement and joy it is our dress!
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