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Shopper-Aide went the extra ‘royal’ mile to give Campbeltown’s seniors a reception to remember.
Residents and staff from Kintyre Care Home and the Woodlands Centre joined the Elderberries and friends at the Free Church hall on George Street, to celebrate the marriage of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
With the room decked in red, white and blue, and food fit for a king, around 50 guests arrived dressed in their finery.
They ate, drank, reminisced and danced the afternoon away to music provided by Alex MacKinnon on accordion.
The ‘royal couple’, Anna Viola and Donald MacSporran, complete with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry masks, were ‘married’ by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Shopper-Aide’s David Lavery.
Being a thoroughly modern couple, the bride dispensed with tradition and made a speech.
‘My husband and I would like to thank you all for making the day so special and for your very generous and practical gifts,’ said Mrs Wales.
She continued: ‘We especially appreciate the plastic tumblers as we are fed-up drinking out of crystal glasses. And the pot and pans, with the very useful packet of Brillo pads to keep them like new, will be so awfully useful.
‘We have received almost everything we will need, except for some Marigolds. I really don’t like to get my hands wet.’
Smiling broadly she continued: ‘My husband gave me a little gift just as we arrived.’ Dipping into her dainty bag she produced his special wedding day gift: a pair of Marigold gloves.
‘Just what I needed,’ she said. ‘I already have more than enough necklaces.’
‘Meghan’ spoke of her appreciation of Campbeltown and its inhabitants and said: ‘Granny Liz, sorry, I mean Her Majesty The Queen, told us that she had visited Campbeltown and that we would love it and find you all terribly friendly although we might have a little difficulty understanding what you say.’
After posing for photographs with the archbishop, the happy couple partook of the feast and the bride even danced with some of the guests.
As the reception was ending and the guests began to be chauffeured home, Florrie Kendrick said she had been reluctant to attend but was really glad she had been persuaded to come. She recalled attending a victory street party in 1945 decorated similarly with bunting and little Union Jacks.
Florrie said: ‘I was just a young girl then. Neighbours carried tables and chairs into the street and someone even wheeled out a piano. We all sang along to the war time favourites like Pack up your troubles and It’s a long way to Tipperary.’
Margaret Mitchell recounted being on holiday in Campbeltown in 1981 and attending a Royal Wedding party in her friend’s house when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. ‘Sadly they were divorced by the time I came to live here,’ she said.
Bob and Joyce Miller, who have themselves been married for 64 years, said that they had had a lovely time.
Smiling happily, Bob said: ‘The food was very good and we enjoyed the music. We both used to love dancing. At 96 I am not able to dance now, but Joyce danced several times today.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby conducts the marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. 25_c21royalwedding13
The royal couple revealed: Anna Viola as Meghan Markle, Archbishop of Canterbury David Lavery and Donald MacSporran as Prince Harry. 25_c21royalwedding16
Shopper-Aide staff responsible for the party from left: David Lavery, Lesley Harvey, Kelly Brown, Ritchie Coffield, Gayle Barrett and Jim Turner. 25_c21royalwedding52_staff_ine_up
Cameron Smith, 17, Florrie Kendrick, 80 and Danny Hughes, 17. 25_c21royalwedding10
Maree Townsend and Willie Robertson who dusted off his top hat. 25_c21royalwedding42
Betty McCallum, Nannette Campbell, Cathy Glen and Kerry Graham. 25_c21royalwedding45
From back left: Margaret Innes, Kathleen Nicholson, Aileen Morris and Sarah Elliott. 25_c21royalwedding36
Joyce and Bob Miller. 25_c21royalwedding38
Gladys Machray and Kelly Brown. 25_c21royalwedding27
Flora Smedley, Jenny Frazier and Alison Chinn. 25_c21royalwedding21