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Forthcoming Marriages

Mr V. R. Golding and Miss V. E. Heller

The engagement is announced between Vincent, elder son of Mr and Mrs E. Golding, of Canterbury, and Vivienne, elder daughter of Mr G. Heller, of Winchester, and Mrs S. Heller, of Southampton.

Mr M. J. Tomlinson and Miss F. V. Mynors

The engagement is announced between Michael, elder son of Dr Howard and Dr Heather Tomlinson, of Harley Court, Hereford, and Frances, second daughter of Sir Richard and Lady Mynors, of Treago, St Weonards, Herefordshire.


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