Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueidny, September J8, 1971- Mass marriages global affair MEXICO CITY UP) Tte children, of them, ran Jaughed, cried and stared ir awe in a Mexico City bull ring as their parents got married. The collective marriage Fri day of couples, larges ever performed in Mexico, was attended by Mexico's first lady Mrs. Maria Esther Zirno dc Echeverria, who served as maid of honor and godmother lo all involved. "I'm sure it's going lo make us beamed Vivianc Scrvin Contreras, who a' 64 was as thrilled as any young bridegroom but not nearly so nervous. Viviano and Marcelina, 61 have 10 children who attend the ceremony because they were working. Their ages are from 20 to 42. Although mass marriages arc often performed in prisons around the country this was the first such project to be organized by one of Mexico City's precincts. For most, it was a chance to register their children and to avoid problems wlien Ihey register for school, and also avoid any stigma Ihey might have in adult life by not having two last names, those of their mother and father. ____ TOKYO (Heuier) A mass wedding ceremony here joii cc 137 couples in what the organizers claimed was the first such event in the world without re i-gious or political overtones. The Tokyo newspaper Yom-iuri Shimbun, which sponsored the cermony, said many parents were opposed lo the service but that cost played a big factor. Each couple today paid or about a fifth of the cost of the average traditional Japanese-style wedding. From four entrances at Tokyo's Budokan martial arts ball, couples bearing torches filed in lo the accompaniment of a mass choir and harp en-semble. I Dominating the Budokan was a huge wedding cake, for which the icing alone took three chefs a month to mix 400 pounds of eggs and one ton of sugar. No priests officiated at the 90-minute ceremony, and instead of wedding rings each couple exchanged flower gar-anrls. lous 1 nO ss throwing out photos of your old PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES JACKPOT tEIHBRIDGE EtKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS-8 SI'READ MA ML A, The Philippines (AP) Tourism, military activity and changing altitudes toward sex have caused an alarming spread of venereal disease in the Western Pacific, the regional office of the World Health Organization said. SOUTHMINSTER U.C.W. USED and USEABLE SALE Thursday, Sepf. 30 6 p.m. Jo 9 p.m. Friday, Oct .1 Starts at 9 a.m. CHURCH HAlt lllh Street LOSES WEIGHT, GAINS ENTRY Mavis Holden, 31, righl, who shed 147 of her 266 pounds so she could migrate to Australia, Is gieelecl by Gladys Brock, on arriving in Sydney from England. Mrs. Holden, of Keoisley, England, had been reject- ed a year ago by Australian immigration officials because of IIET weigr.l. This time she was accepted. "I gave up ealing bread, bulter, sugar, pdafccs, ciiirese and all those falty she said. "I only nle meat, fish, f.uit end other health foods. Policewomen on EDMONTON (CP) for a moody, fresh out of training licewomen may be something of a novelty to the public, spoiled brat." Being a policewoman also means having to submit Only one of the 17 policewomen wears a uniform full- they, aren't really rare, almost enjoy, and she's the juvenile Sgt. Eileen Finlayson of officer. The rest wear Ldmonlon police part of police street clothes except Fifteen years ago, when she joined the force, there were three women; today there are 17. When she joined the women did little investigative work, acting mostly as well-trained social workers. Non-, Ihey do park the dress." While in training, the women follow the same kind of regimentation as do the men, taking all the drill, physical training, psychological and law courses. SOME on special assignment. Women on the force have just recently received the same basic pay scale as Uie men, Sgt. Finlayson said. This is something she has been working for for a long lime. The starting salary, just approved, is in training with male officers, work as narcotics squad members, investigate frauds and work in several other areas alonp once they graduate, the policewomen are shifted immediately to the criminal investigation floor, rather after the three-month raining period is over. There was a small amount of discrimination toward Lbe on the force. lively in most she said. "They're wasted sitting at a desk. A trained policewoman shouldn't be doing sec-r c t a r i a 1 and lias created some hostility among the uniformed men, Sgt. Finlayson said. "The men have to work for four years before they're if they keep up the quality o[ their work, they earn the recognition and position. 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