Firey Liz may have been first ever wedding car
It has taken a couple of years of painstaking research which has spanned the globe, but now the staff at Somerset's famous motor museum can almost certainly claim that they have the world's first wedding car.
Since the 1898 Daimler Wagonette arrived at the Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford from the Bristol Museum back in 2009, staff have wondered what tales it could tell.
They knew it was one of the first cars ever to hit the road in Somerset, but have since discovered it was used at the wedding of James Andrews and Rosa Gough, from Weston-super-Mare – and found the photo to prove it.
The Daimler Wagonette was nicknamed 'Firey Liz' and went on to work as the omnibus which took passengers from the station to the Steart Hotel in Burnham, and was also used as a school bus.
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But researcher Caroline Coombes hunted high and low for a picture of Firey Liz being used as a wedding car – which she knew existed after seeing a clipping from the 1940s in the Western Daily Press.
Eventually, it was discovered that just after the wedding, the bride and groom emigrated to New Zealand.
Descendants of the happy couple were traced Down Under and a copy of the photograph, dating back to 1903, was discovered.
Now, museum staff are planning to get 1900s outfits to allow visitors, and newly-weds in the 21st century, to dress up for 'retro' photographs to reproduce the picture.