Special centenary celebration at St Mary’s

St Mary's Centenary Concert
St Mary's Centenary Concert

The centenary celebrations at St Mary’s Parish Church in Motherwell continued last week with a spectacular 

Performances took place over two nights on Wednesday and Thursday and each night 250 people enjoyed an evening 
to remember.

The Inbetweeners had the rafters ringing with ‘The Rhythm of Life’ and this was the first of many wonderful items.

Taking part were all departments of the junior church, Rainbows, three Brownie units, two Guide units, Anchor Boys, junior and company sections of 13th BB company and also the junior choir.

The result was a wonderful display of talent from the young people of the church, due to the dedication of the many leaders in the background.

The church choir began the second half with their ‘Gospel Goodies’ and were followed by Men’s Fellowship - all members of Dad’s Army - and finally the Guild’s Running Club with their fitting tribute to the 100 
years of St Mary’s.

Paul Bradshaw, Graeme Brown, Chris Mitchell, Ross Carrol and Lesley Niven ably provided music for all the acts, which was no mean task, and solo items added to the evening’s enjoyment and featured Jennifer Di Mambro, Paul Bradshaw, Raymond Tulip, Fraser Hamilton and the Rev David Doyle who performed, for the first time, his ‘Ballad of St Mary’s’.

Margaret McCloy and Kate Reid were delightful concert dames and MCs Bill Taylor and Bill Simpson added a touch of ‘Mirth and Magic’.

Backstage were a host of helpers and stewards under the direction of Robert Neilson and the Men’s Fellowship. Sound engineers were Joe Bradshaw Stuart Reid and Fraser Graham, and expert stage hands were Tom Knox, Graeme McNay and David Maxwell.

Allan Joyce, session clerk, captured on camera for posterity a wonderful concert which reflected the total involvement of many people in the church, with over 300 in the cast.

For a special spread with more photos see this week’s Motherwell Times or Bellshill Speaker,