RYEDALE residents are being asked to dig out their wedding dresses and photos for a special one-off exhibition taking place this summer in Helmsley.

As part of a big summer event to be held in the town, Helmsley will be hosting a Wedding Dress Festival in All Saints Church.

Rev erendTim Robinson, is asking if people from across the parish will help by loaning wedding dresses which may be gathering dust in their attic, for the one-off exhibition.

The church is hoping to host a display representing weddings over the last century and already has dresses from as early as 1916 to put on show, along with archived photos and other wedding memorabilia.

Rev Robinson said: “We are hoping we’ll be able to put on a really interesting exhibition for locals and visitors to the town alike.

"Many people may still have their grandmother’s dress somewhere in storage, or may have kept their own from as little as a year ago to as long as 70 years ago."

He added: "We’d like to be able to show how styles and weddings have changed, whilst the church remains steadfast amongst it all.

"Everyone loves to look at weddings, and Helmsley is such a lovely place to get married, it would be great to get lots of photos of weddings held in the town over the years to put on show."

Rev Robinson said the would also be very grateful for any mannequins people would be able to lend to use as part of the display.

" It would be great to involve as many members of the community as possible," he added.

Dresses, photos, memorabilia and mannequins would need to be at the church from July 31 to August 11.

The Wedding Dress Festival will run from Friday, August 1, when a ticketed evening event will launch the exhibition, to Sunday, August 10 and will be open daily and will be stewarded.

For more details or to offer an item for the exhibition contact Rev Tim Robinson on tim.robinson123@btinternet.com or by calling 01439 770983.