Karin’s parents, Jack and Anna, had been proprietors of “Bruce’s” famous bakery in the city for more than twenty years.
|Mr. Ben Thomas||8 Ash Close
12th July 1973
We were so sorry you couldn’t manage to come to Edinburgh, and that you missed our wonderful day. We were married in St. Stephen’s Church, which is just across the road from Bruce’s bakery, famous in the City for its traditional Scottish baking, and as purveyor of “afternoon dainties” to genteel Lothian ladies.
Jack made us a scrumptious wedding cake, and endowed me with his beautiful and only daughter, who blinded the family and congregation with tears of joy and a luscious extravagance of cream silk, designed and made by a friend and theatrical costumier. The whole day was a wonderful celebration of new family and old friends, enriched with salmon, venison, champagne, malt whisky, and regency splendour.
We posed for photographs in front of the hotel in the June sunshine between gentle showers of confetti, warm Edinburgh rain, and skilful enchanting from our visiting piper, splendid in full ceremonial tartan, while the city, restless all around us with tourists, was limbering up for another international festival.
Thanks for trying so hard to get to Edinburgh. I know how difficult these things can be.
Jim Brown had to stay, reluctantly in London to do some recordings on that weekend, in order to placate a fixer who was very angry with me for getting married and for inviting so many horn players to Edinburgh on his “big film” recording day.
When we do work for him, he’s no doubt angry with us for taking ninety per cent of his fee!