Back in May 2017, I had the pleasure of meeting Betty and Alex Mclean who dropped in at my Blantyre home whilst on holiday from Canada, whilst visiting family nearby. We spent an hour in the garden talking about Blantyre and Canada and it was wonderful to put faces to names, after emailing back and forth for some time.
A few days later, Betty messaged me, “Hi Paul, here is my wedding photo. My sister Helen, and Alex’s sister Agnes with our best man Archie Vetters. We were married June 17th, 1961. The start of a wonderful life. We were married in the Church of the Nazarene in Elm St. We had two ministers officiate one a family friend of the McLeans and former minister of the Blantyre church. Rev. William Claydon who performed the marriage ceremony. At one time the church door was in I think Jackson St and he “turned” the church around and made the opening on Elm St. He left Blantyre to minister in Partick but continued to visit Blantyre, he was very kind to Alex and I when we were courting, taking us in his car for days out to the seaside. After leaving Partick he went to Tiree to minister there, a lovely Island that I know you like to visit.
The other minister was a young Irish man, Frank Howie, he sang a lovely song for us that has been a help as we remember the words down through the years. It was a Salvation Army song called, “I’m in God’s Hands, whatever the future holds I’m in His Hands”. Frank married one month after us and he and his wife left to be missionaries in Africa. Frank died of a heart attack at age 56.”
I’m sure you’ll agree Betty looked stunning that day, Alex tall and handsome. A nicer couple you will never meet.
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