Golden twine from Bridport seals marriage

Bridport couple Simon and Joanna Deverell celebrated their marriage in an idyllic country setting recently, with specially created Bridport rope playing a prominent part in the ceremony.

Around 300 guests congregated on Joanna’s uncle’s farm in Netherhay on 30th June to witness the humanist celebration, with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and countryside. 100 of them camped overnight in marquees, tents, motorhomes and even a genuine shepherd’s hut. The bride was driven to the venue on a gleaming tractor.

To symbolise their lasting commitment, the happy couple’s wrists were bound together with a length of rope made of golden twine and created especially in Bridport Museum by the groom’s mother Linda.

Linda, who has been a Museum volunteer for 4 years, regularly demonstrates rope-making on its Victorian rope-jack made by H N Harris of Bridport.

I thought it would be a fabulous way of bringing even more depth and meaning to their vows”, said Linda, “It also reflected their love of the town’s traditions and history. We created a very fine and delicate twist which they will treasure as a family heirloom.”

Simon and Joanna also “jumped the broomstick” – a tradition which comes from Wales. The bride’s mother chooses how high the broomstick should be held from the ground, and a successful jump is the sign of a long and happy marriage. Joanna’s mother Caroline was pleased to report a safe landing!

Linda thoroughly recommends joining the Museum as a volunteer. “It’s a great way of meeting people”, she said, “and I really enjoy helping visitors appreciate Bridport’s heritage.”

Volunteers come from all walks of life, and plenty of training and support are on offer along with regular get-togethers. If you might be interested in joining the group, please get in touch with Visitor Services Manager Nikki Brotherton on 01308 458703 or email She would be delighted to hear from you.