Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend

Saturday 2nd June 2012

A wedding "hoy oot"
 With the minister of the Methodist United Reformed Church and the priest of the Roman Catholic Church, I took part in a joint opening of the Bellingham Street Party.  [For pictures, see Events page.] 
     After a welcome, a verse of the National Anthem, the Jubliee prayer, a joke, grace and some home-cooked food, I made my way to Thorneyburn for the wedding.  Afterwards the churchyard gates were tied shut in accordance with local custom, preventing the couple from leaving without a "hoy oot" (a throwing out) of coins for the children who would then undo the gates. [More pictures on Events page]

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