Late fa­ther’s gift makes wed­ding ex­tra spe­cial

The Oban Times - - News -

A FA­THER who died just months be­fore his daugh­ter’s wed­ding was still ‘there in spirit’ on the big day – thanks to a spe­cial gift.

Mary Ellen Camp­bell, from Stron­aba, mar­ried Piers, (known as Joe) Camp­bell in Roy Bridge last month. Af­ter the ser­vice, Mary Ellen pre­sented her new hus­band with one of two crooks made by her fa­ther.

He had given the crooks to her years ear­lier and had told her this par­tic­u­lar pair was spe­cial.

Mary Ellen said: ‘If you look at the crooks closely, you can see cer­tain mark­ings on both of them. I re­mem­ber my dad giv­ing them to me years be­fore I was even think­ing about get­ting mar­ried. He said they were un­usual be­cause they came from the same sheep – it would have been a black­faced one – so he wanted me to have them and I was to give one to my hus­band.’

Sadly, Mr Camp­bell died in May, aged 86.

Mary Ellen added: ‘I wanted to have them with me be­cause I wanted my dad to be with me on the day. He was there in spirit. Even though I had beau­ti­ful shoes on for the cer­e­mony I took them off and put on my leather wellies af­ter wards. I meant to change them but I got way­laid meet­ing ev­ery­one and they were comfy so that was me in my dress and wellies for the rest of the night.

‘My hus­band and his dad like to work with wood so there were hand­made bowls on the ta­bles. I loved it and I’m sure my dad would have done as well.’

Pho­to­graph by Anthony MacMillan Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Mary Ellen and Piers with the spe­cial crooks which played a big part in their wed­ding day.

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