Church says farewell to key choir members

A CHURCH in Uddingston marked the retiral of two choir members members with special presentations.

Lead tenor Pat Doyle, a father-of-13, has been performing at St John the Baptist Church for 63 years while Mary Hood took on organ duties when she arrived at the parish in 1998.

Encouraged by then parish priest Canon Patrick McCarthy, Pat launched his vocal career in the League Hall and has been singing in the church since 1947.

Along with family members Margaret, Ellen, Edward and Martin, he also took part in club concerts throughout the diocese.

Pat, whose wife Sadie is also a singer, was the first recipient of the Bene Marenti Medal in the parish. This was presented by Bishop Joseph Devine for services to music.

His son, film composer Patrick Doyle, featured in last year's Times & Speaker MT100 series on the area's achievers.

The tenor voice of Pat will not be lost to St John the Baptist entirely, though as it will still echo through the church on Sundays as he attends mass.

Full story in December 19 edition of Times & Speaker