Hundreds gather for special celebration

Hundreds of people gathered at the grotto by St Barr's Church for the open-air mass.'Pic by Iagan MacNeil
Hundreds of people gathered at the grotto by St Barr's Church for the open-air mass.'Pic by Iagan MacNeil
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Hundreds gathered in Barra recently to celebrate Canon Angus MacQueen’s 60 years as a parish priest.

Mass was held at the grotto next to St Barr’s Church in Northbay led by Bishop Joseph Toal and 13 members of the clergy were present.

Canon Angus was ordained in 1951 and has served in parishes throughout Scotland including Dunoon, Eriskay and Barra.

During the open air mass, Canon MacQueen was presented with a framed message of congratulations from Pope Benedict XVI.

Canon Angus is also priest of St Vincent de Paul church in Eoligarry which is also part of his parish, and this day was organised by parishioners of both churches.

Tea and cakes were served in Northbay Hall after the Mas and then the clergy were treated to a meal cooked by some of the Northbay community.

In the evening a ceilidh was held with many singers, dancers, musicians and a sketch based around the Cocaire nan Cocairean TV programme and reflected the Canon’s reputation for excellent home cooking.

Canon Angus received a standing ovation at the end of the night and a round of applause the following Sunday morning at mass in St Barr’s.