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Heirloom said to have saved life of great-grandad

Kaye married Simon wearing the family's 'lucky charm' pinned to her dress. Photo: Wales News Service

A Welsh bride had something borrowed on her wedding day - the lucky charms that protected her great grandfather fighting in the First World War.

Kaye Harris-John, 33, stood at the altar with the Madonna charm and lucky horseshoe which has been in her family for 100 years.

A nun gave the silver Madonna to her grandparents Joe and Rose Pulley on their wedding day at the outbreak of war in 1914.

And John gave his new bride the lucky gold horseshoe before heading off to the trenches with his unit and the family believe the lucky charms kept him safe.

He lost a lung during the conflict but returned home alive and the couple were blessed with a happy life together.

The Madonna and horseshoe are said to have protected the family. Credit: Wales News Service

The charms have been passed down through the family after John and Rose died within 18 months of each other in the 1960s.

And each time there is a family wedding they are carefully sewn into the bride's dress to bring her luck and happy marriage.

I grew up hearing stories of my great-grandparents and I'm a big believer in true love. Having their story involved in our wedding was a real good luck charm. The charms mean a lot to me and my family and I wanted to make sure some of the older generation of the family were almost there in the church with us.

– Kaye Harris-John

Kaye married her fiance Simon Lin at St Mary's Church in Pennard, Swansea - the scene of many of the family's weddings. The wedding day charms are being kept under lock and key ready for the next wedding in the family.