Holiday snaps from a lost world: Remarkable collection of colour photos are found from couple's honeymoon road-trip around England on the eve of World War Two
By RICHARD SPILLETT
PUBLISHED: 05:03 EST, 20 May 2014 | UPDATED: 08:11 EST, 20 May 2014
As they shared ice creams in the sunshine and picnicked in flower-filled meadows, the Britain newly-wedded couple Denys and Margaret Gardiner motored through in their Morris Eight must have seemed as enduring as the country scenes captured in their honeymoon photos.
But just weeks after their 900-mile round trip up and down the east coast of England in August 1939, the peace and tranquility of the country was to be shattered by the outbreak of the Second World War.
After years hidden away in Mrs Gardiner's attic, the incredible colour photos of the last days of peace, captured by Mr Gardiner's photography enthusiast cousin Eldred, have been uncovered and tell a wonderful story of love young and a journey through a lost Britain.
The pictures were discovered by the couple's grandson, Barney Britton, who was amazed at how clear the images still were after 70 years.
Publishing the photos online, Mr Britton, himself a professional photographer, said: 'My mother vaguely remembered seeing colour pictures of her parents' honeymoon trip when she was a child but after several decades and multiple house moves, she presumed they had been lost.
'Not so - they were in my grandmother's attic all all along, and earlier this month we found them, while clearing out her house.'
In August 1939, newly-married Margaret and Denys Gardiner set off in their Morris Eight Convertible (pictured here in Norfolk) for a honeymoon trip around Britain. The photos Mr Gardiner's cousin Eldred would take provide a glimpse into a Britain whose peace was about to be broken with the outbreak of the Second World War
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