The rain can’t dampen 100th celebrations

Rev David Doyle and his wife Allison cut the birthday cake as they mark 100 years since the  St Mary's Church building in Avon Street opened
Rev David Doyle and his wife Allison cut the birthday cake as they mark 100 years since the St Mary's Church building in Avon Street opened

St Mary’s Parish held a Party in the Park event with a difference as the Motherwell church celebrates its centenary year.

Due to the rain it moved indoors to the halls within Dalziel High, but that failed to dampen spirits for over 200 people of all ages.

The Rev David Doyle welcomed everyone with a grand opening, and with his wife, Allison cut the first slice of the church’s 100th birthday cake, assisted by youngsters who blew out the candles.

With the party open, everyone enjoyed many of the stalls on offer with fancy goods, face painting, happy hand washing, sweets, cakes and tea.

The children enjoyed bouncy castles, beating the goalie, hoopla, planting flowers and meeting Motherwell FC mascots Claret and Amber.

A mini rugby course kept the teenagers on their toes and a keen eye was needed for target golf, while creepy crawlies and arts and crafts entertained.

An it’s a knockout competition completed the games and races, before a rousing sing song with musical accompaniment concluded the day.

The church thanks the organising team and Dalziel High staff for their assistance which created a great day.