Sandy and Mary, 1959

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From the Stornoway Gazette supplement, 18 December 1959.

Wedding bells have been ringing in Mangersta for the past year. Cupid started at one end of the village leaving a spate of marriages in his trail. The most recent of these was solemnised in the East Church, Inverness, on the 10th November when Mary Morrison, eldest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs John Morrison, 13 Mangersta, became the bride of Alexander Smith, only son of the late Mr and Mrs William Smith, 9 Kneep. The Rev Donald Macfarlane, minister of the church, officiated. The bride, looking happy and beautiful in her gown of white late and short veil, sailed up the aisle on the arm of her brother Peter, who is expert at the job, this being the last of the bunch of beautiful sisters he has given away at the altar.

She was attended by her cousin Kathleen Morrison, also of Mangersta, who looked lovely in pink nylon. The duties of the best man were ably carried out by Calum Iain Macdonald, Crowlista, cousin of the ’groom.

After the marriage ceremony a large number of relations and friends motored to the Glen Mhor Hotel, where they were received by Mrs Kate B Buchanan, sister of the bride, and Mrs Peggy Parsons, sister of the ‘groom. A sumptuous feast was spread and everybody was welcome.

The toast to the bride and ‘groom was proposed by Rev Mr Macfarlane, and replied to by the ‘groom. The toast of the bridesmaid was replied to by the best man. Other speakers were the Rev John Newall, Resolis; Mr Peter Morrison, the bride’s brother; Mr Tom Mackenzie, the bride’s uncle and Mr John A Maciver, schoolmaster, Logie, who read a sheaf of congratulatory telegrams, coming from as far apart as Breanish and Benghazi.

After the excellent meal the floor was cleared and the young folk danced away the hours. To give them a breath, songs were sung of every variety, making the evening most enjoyable. All good things come to an end and the guests started to make for home, but not before giving the young couple a rousing send-off. The ‘groom was carried shoulder high to the waiting taxi, minus shoes and stockings, while the stars sparkled in the frosty Invernessian sky.

By now they have returned to Uig, where they will make their home in beautiful Creaga-na-Troghad, at Kneep, overlooking the lovely sands and the Sound of Pabbay. We wish Sandy and Mary very many happy years together n this most peaceful setting.