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What are these service women doing in these outfits?

WRNS personnel at the launch of the wedding gown loan scheme

 The subject of this photograph from the WRNS Historic Collection was a mystery until we received a letter from Joan Holloway, a Wren and wartime bride.  She recalls how she took advantage of a new scheme that allowed Wrens to borrow a dress from a collection donated by the American charity ‘Daughters of Empire’.  Without such assistance it was hard for brides to obtain a special outfit for their wedding day due to clothing restrictions.  The photograph was probably taken to publicise the launch of the scheme.

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