The Weekly News. Wednesday, February 16, 1944.
Of special interest to Hawkes Bay is the wedding which took place in England last November, of Margaret, only daughter of Mr and Mrs W. H. Shearer, of Napier, and flying-officer Peter Mercer, also of Napier. The bride-groom is the son of the late Rev. S. Mercer and Mrs Mercer of Australia.
Flying-officer Mercer was mentioned in despatches recently. He went overseas three years ago as a member of the R.N.Z.A.F. He is a talented musician and in civil life was a keen tennis and hockey player. His wife who left NZ for England toward the end of last year, will be remembered as the Air Force queen in the Napier patriotic carnival last year.
The wedding took place at the Methodist Church, Warnborough, the bride being given away by her brother, Flying-officer J. M. Shearer, of the R.N.Z.A.F. She wore a dusky pink wool marocain dress, her bouquet being of shaded pink carnations. She was attended by her friend, who was Miss Avery Knowles, as bridesmaid, and in a dress of gold shantung. Squadron leader, T. Burrows of the R.A.F was best man, and the ceremony was performed by Squadron leader Chromie, an ex-Irish Rugby international. The honeymoon was spent in Devon. dusky pink bridesmaid dresses