For the first time in living memory, and probably much longer, the Ui Church on Point by Stornoway was host to a wedding.
Captain Malcolm Dalzel-Job and Captain Cinzia Zingone were married on 23rd May by local Free Church minister Rev Dr Iain D Campbell in the Nave of St. Columba’s Church.
Cinzia, of Upper Bayble, Point and Malcolm of Rosyth, Fife met while serving in London and felt that although not weatherproof, the roofless church was an ideal setting for their big day.
As over 60 family, friends and local well-wishers sang the opening hymn Morning Has Broken (Sweet the new rain’s fall) the rain hammered down and the wind swept up the beach and over the 14th century walls.
But for a temporary tent erected snugly within the walls, the guests would have been drenched.
With a lusty, tuneful rendition of How Great Thou Art (...and feel the gentle breeze) and 1 Corinthians read in Gaelic by the minister, all guests agreed that the spirit of the occasion and the historic setting created a uniquely memorable event.
Piper Fraser Edwards from Lewis and the Scots Guards, Malcolm’s regiment, played the happy couple out of the open air church met by the unrelenting Hebridean weather.
In his words of thanks the groom said that everyone rallying around along with the support of the Friends of Ui Church made their day a very special one.
Submitted by Duncan Dalzel-Job.