Mank­ini post goes global

Ro­man­tic Martin sets his sights on dream wed­ding

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang man has be­come an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion af­ter pos­ing in a mank­ini to try and win his fiancée’s dream wed­ding.

Martin McKenna, who grew up in Half­way en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion to win a £25,000 wed­ding at St An­drew’s Old Course Ho­tel, as well as a hon­ey­moon in Morocco, for him and fiancée Tina Gib­son (35).

Af­ter be­ing told to have a so­cial media pres­ence for the com­pe­ti­tion, a friend chal­lenged Martin to wear a mank­ini for a full day last Sun­day ( July 5).

He duly obliged and shared the hi­lar­i­ous pic­ture on his Face­book, along with the mes­sage “Martin & Tina to win #ochwed­ding”.

The 32-year-old ex­pected to gain a few a “likes” from his friends, but the pic­ture has gone global, with peo­ple in places such as Aus­tralia, the USA, In­done­sia and even An­gola sup­port­ing him on Face­book and Twit­ter with the same mes­sage.

His story has even been taken up on na­tional ra­dio, and Martin, who works as a web de­signer, is de­lighted with the re­ac­tion, es­pe­cially as he feels his fiancée de­serves to win.

He told the Re­former: “I re­ally want to win this for Tina. She’s had a tough time re­cently and she re­ally de­serves this.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is about spread­ing the love, and it’s made us ap­pre­ci­ate the lengths some peo­ple have gone to help.

“It’s been to­tally men­tal, but it shows peo­ple care.

“These peo­ple don’t know me, but we’ve man­aged to spread our love around the world. No mat­ter what hap­pens I am get­ting to marry the woman of my dreams, but these peo­ple want to give us our dream wed­ding.

“Whether we win or not, it’s been amaz­ing, there are times I’ve been lost for words, it’s been a real emo­tional roller­coaster.

“I’ve been close to tears and other times, I’ve just been laugh­ing.”

Martin, who at­tended St Cadoc’s Pri­mary and Trin­ity High, met Tina on St Pa­trick’s Day in 2013.

Af­ter they were both sep­a­rated from their friends, they met at the bar in a Go­van pub and started talk­ing.

Their first date was in Martin’s mum’s house on Over­ton Road, where he ac­ci­den­tally blew pa­prika in his eyes, much to the amuse­ment of his date.

The cou­ple, who cur­rently stay in Tina’s home in Easter­house, were en­gaged just six months later.

Mes­sages of sup­port have come in from all over the world, in­clud­ing fa­mous land­marks like Syd­ney Har­bour, the Vat­i­can and Times Square, where two New York cops even got in­volved in the fun.

But the most amaz­ing mo­ment came when a pic­ture of An­golan oil work­ers hold­ing up the mes­sage was posted on Twit­ter.

Martin laughs: “The whole thing has been sur­real.

“You think it can’t get any bet­ter than Times Square but then you get a pic­ture from In­done­sia, and then you think ‘that’s it’, then one comes in from An­gola, it’s just crazy.”

Martin’s mank­ini pic isn’t the end of his chal­lenges. This week­end he’ll take to the field at St An­thony’s ju­nior football club as a cheer­leader at half­time af­ter be­ing chal­lenged by the as­sis­tant man­ager at Cum­nock as part of the con­test, which closes on July 21.

The cou­ple won’t find out if they’ve won un­til Au­gust 25, but in the mean­time, Martin may need to in­vest in a new phone charger: “I don’t know how of­ten it’s been shared, but I had to turn my phone on to silent be­cause I was get­ting no­ti­fi­ca­tions ev­ery two or three min­utes.

“I run out of bat­tery three or four times a day right now.”

And ro­man­tic Martin was keen to re­mind peo­ple why he was do­ing it: “It’s been a qual­ity two years with Tina. I don’t want to go into sob sto­ries, but she’s had a re­ally tough time, so if I can give her a day she’s al­ways dreamed off then at least this has done some­thing.”

Holy smoke Some­one in the Vat­i­can lends their sup­port (above) Fash­ion sense Martin and the pic­ture that has gone vi­ral. The Re­former is a fam­ily pa­per, so we’ve used a wed­ding emoji to cover Martin’s...ahem...mod­esty

Oil be fine These An­golan oil work­ers were the most sur­real Tweet for Martin.

Love story Martin with fiancée Tina

Fair cop The long arm of the law took time off in New York to help Martin out

T party Mu­sic fans at TITP lend their sup­port

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