Mary bows out after 70 years

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MEMBERS of a Motherwell church say farewell to a choir member who has been singing in fine tune for 70 years.

A farewell tea was held last Thursday at St Mary’s Parish Church to celebrate the ‘retirement’ of Mary Leach (nee Malcolm).

Mary is leaving the choir because she is moving to Ayr but she has been a faithful member of both junior and senior choirs for most of her life.

Organist and choirmaster Alan Gillon (middle, left) presented Mary with gifts which included a picture of the church. Mary is pictured (front, centre) with the Rev David W Doyle.

For more news from around the churches, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, October 13.