A Well known folk dance fanatic Liz Morgan was married in temperatures of 46 degrees (115 degrees in old money!) on New Years Eve. People attending the wedding in the small Australian town of Finley, situated about three and a half hours driving time north of Melbourne, said that the bride's heart melted, but onlookers were not sure whether this was due to the incredible heat or because she saw her future husband Dan.
Daniel Cauchi, an Australian lad of Maltese extraction said he hoped it was the later!
Dan and Liz met in the delightful seaside resort of Southend on Sea in Essex. Liz had moved there having completed her teacher training in Cumbria, following a three year stay in Ipswich, where she graduated with a degree in EarlyChildhood Studies. Her first teaching job was in Bournemouth Park School where she taught infants and then nursery children. As seems usual with teachers from other schools in the area, and it was on one of their weekly pub crawls that they introduced her to Daniel.
Brought up in the agricultural town of Finley, New South Wales (pop 2000), Daniel made an memorable impression on his teachers and left school to help run a leisure centre. He then trained to be a teacher and decided to apply for a teacher exchange with another Catholic school in England. After cunningly fighting off competition from her friends who where also young, female and single, Liz decided to bring Dan to her home village of Charlton (pop 550) in sleepy south Northanptonshire and show him off to her parents Diane and David. In a noble effort to educate the young Australian in the ways of the English, they took him on a punting trip on the Cherwell in Oxford. This event proved to be very interesting when Dan thought the traditional way of using a punt pole resulted in too slow progress and opted for the novel 'kayak' style. The resulting rapid evacuation of the banks by innocent picnickers is still spoken of with awe in the Common Rooms of Oxford!
Following a proposal on an impressive cliff top in Malta, they decided to get married in Australia followed by a blessing in the pretty church at Newbottle, near Charlton at Easter. Over 100 guests attended the wedding including the groom's three sisters and two brothers. The bride wore an ivory dress with a fishtail train and carried a bouquet of silk lilies.
The groom wore a dark suit and a turquoise shirt and ivory tie which picked up the basic colour at the reception.
The Wedding was a civil ceremony conducted outside in the grounds of St.Joseph's RC School followed by a reception in the church hall. Readers who know Liz will remember that after attending Charlton School and MCS, she went to Northampton College and qualified as a Nursery Nurse. She was very active in many aspects of Charlton life, being a member of the church choir and Sunday School. She was in the Brownies and later Dedddington Girl Guides as well as Charlton Girls Brigade. Her main love was (and still is) folk dancing. She danced with the Charlton Cherries and later with the National Youth Folklore Team. She also danced with the ladies morris side Aynho Apricots, Gyppeswick (Ipswich), Belfagan Morris (Cumbria) and still dances with three sides in Southend. For many years she played drums and then flute in her Dad's barn dance band. Husband Dan has resisted attempts by the sides to get him to dance, although he does enjoy ceilidth dancing. He said he agreed with a recent comment which said morris dancing was "enjoyable to those people who took part in it, but slightly annoying to those who don't"
Liz and Dan have bought a house in Westcliffe on Sea, (part of Southend) and intend to set up home there for the time being.
from our Australian Correspondent David Morgan January 2003