Martin misses out on prize

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Half­way man who be­came an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion af­ter pos­ing in a mank­ini to win his fu­ture wife’s dream hol­i­day has been left gut­ted to find out his ef­forts were not enough.

Martin McKenna ( 32) wanted to win the wed­ding at St An­drew’s Old Course Ho­tel for him and fi­ancee, Tina Gib­son (35) by com­plet­ing a list of chal­lenges.

He posted a pic­ture of him­self in a mank­ini to try and raise his so­cial media pro­file, and the pic­ture ended up go­ing global with peo­ple post­ing pic­tures of them­selves from var­i­ous fa­mous sites with the mes­sage “Martin & Tina to win #ochwed­ding”.

Mes­sages of sup­port came in from far-flung places like the USA, Aus­tralia, In­done­sia and even An­gola from a group of oil work­ers.

Martin even donned a cheer­lead­ing out­fit to en­ter­tain the crowd at a St An­thony’s ju­nior football game.

But the judges de­cided the for­mer St Cadoc’s Pri­mary and Trin­ity High pupils ef­forts weren’t enough to net him the top prize.

He told the Re­former: “We’d just like to thank ev­ery­one for their amaz­ing sup­port, it still con­tin­ues to amaze us, and one day I will give Tina her dream wed­ding.”

Mes­sages of sup­port poured in from pals, with one say­ing: “Sure you’ll be able to have the wed­ding you both want and you won’t ever for­get the fun and mem­o­ries you had do­ing it!”

Another said: “Their loss! Yous would have been the best cou­ple to have as the face of their ho­tel... Pure sin­cer­ity and an amaz­ing ef­fort plus all the lime­light you gave them!”

So close Martin McKenna just failed to win a dream wed­ding for fi­ancee, Tina

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