Church organist honoured after years of dedicated service

Stuart Irvine played the organ at Saddell and Carradale Church for many years.
Stuart Irvine played the organ at Saddell and Carradale Church for many years.

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Members of Saddell and Carradale Church have honoured their long-serving organist after he played his final hymn.

Stuart Irvine was presented with a certificate and other gifts by session clerk Matthew Ramsay to thank him for his contribution of playing the church organ for many years.

Organist Stuart Irvine, photographed with the Reverend Steve Fulcher, was presented with a certificate to thank him for his service.
Organist Stuart Irvine, photographed with the Reverend Steve Fulcher, was presented with a certificate to thank him for his service.

Mr Irvine, formerly of Heston, Carradale, now resident at Lorne Campbell Court, Campbeltown, played the church instrument willingly on Sundays and for very many funerals over the years, and also spent many hours practising and preparing.

‘Even with all the changes in hymn books, Stuart could always find a tune that suited our church choir and congregation,’ said a church spokesperson. ‘Latterly, Stuart was finding it difficult to play and very reluctantly retired.

‘I’m sure Lorne Campbell Court will be able to use his playing skills at the odd party.
Well done and thanks to Stuart – we hope he enjoys his gifts.’