Read: William Mager’s article telling the moving story of a Deaf couple who appeared in a 1940 Pathé video

Posted on December 18, 2014


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BBC See Hear recently tracked down a Deaf couple who appeared in a Pathe news video online on their wedding day.

In a BBC News article, series producer William Mager has written about the programme (which aired yesterday and can now be seen in full via the See Hear website) and the moving story they uncovered.


In the summer of 1940, Pathé filmed a marriage between two “deaf and dumb show people” as they are described. After it went online, many deaf people shared it on social media and, curious about such a large wedding with so many signers, speculated as to who the couple were.

In the footage they are both smiling as their family and friends, many from Hull Deaf Club, surround them and fingerspell rapidly to each other. One guest carries a gas mask as the war had just started. It’s a beautiful snapshot of a moment in time.

Read the full article here:

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