Mock Wedding on 5th September 2015

Between Delores Daphne Tramp and The Land Baron

On the 5th September 2015, Lismore was once again the place to be. After weeks of planning and organising, islanders and visitors alike turned out in force to witness and celebrate the ‘Mock Marriage’ of ‘Delores Daphne Tramp’, to ‘The Land Baron of Achnaduin’. We had our beautiful bride Delores Daphne Tramp (Davy Henderson), and the best kept secret ever known on the island (the identity of the groom), Iris MacColl (Davy’s actual Mother in Law). The bridesmaids were Hughina Heifer (Duncan MacLean), and Slapper McTart (Douglas MacDougall) with Shifty Wideo, the Baron of Buggerall as our best man (Katy Crossan). The Tramps (Bride’s parents) were played by Teenie Wilson and Bob Davies, with the Baron and Baroness of Achnaduin (groom's parents) Frances Willis and David Wilson. The service was conducted by the right honourable Peter Walker.

The idea came about quite some time ago, at one of our computer group meetings. We were throwing about some ideas for the website and Facebook page and discussing how to pull the community together in the process. We feel that the website belongs to the community, and wanted to do something that would reflect that. Somebody joked that weddings and funerals seem to pull people together in the one place, and as it seemed tasteless to stage a funeral, a wedding was the only way to go. The next step was convincing our wedding party to come on board, there were a few challenges along the way, but everyone was happy to trade their kilts for dresses and dresses for kilts. It was decided that all money raised would be split between the Oban Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre and a new webcam for www.isleoflismore.com.

The actual ceremony was staged in a marquee, where we all joined in singing, vows and a very enthusiastic objection to the marriage. There was then a short drinks reception, before the speeches. This was followed by a 3 course meal, all prepared and cooked by our catering team Laura Cook, Iris Piers, Roxanne MacColl, Brona MacDougall and Catherine Davies with a little help from team ‘Super Grannies’ Mary MacDougall, Linda MacLeod and Elspeth Cook. Special thanks to our local girls Eileen Carmichael, Kara Willis, Rachel Johnston, Shona and Kirsty Wright, who served tables, washed dishes and sold as many raffle tickets as we could provide. There was a supervised children's area set up, complete with bouncy castle and games, to keep the kids entertained. Huge Thank you to two of our local teenagers Sophie King and Beth Moston, who organised games and kept order.

Thank you to our tenting team, who put up the marquees, and came back in the morning to take them down and help with the general clear up. Not of course forgetting our official photographer, Flora MacLean, who captured the day beautifully. We cannot begin to explain, the sense of community spirit and community fun that we had, lots of people joked that it was like a big family wedding, such was the atmosphere. The whole day was a laugh a minute from start to finish, none of our ‘guests’ left without a smile, and the island is still buzzing with wedding fever.

A special Thank you to Scottish Seafarms, who provided all the Salmon for the main course, and a voucher for our raffle. Coasters Bar, the Claredon and Lismore Stores, who provided the wine for the meal. Rutherfords Hair and Beauty, Creagan Inn, Airds Hotel, The Pierhouse, MBS Transport, and Gordon MacGillivary’s Seafood for donating raffle prizes. Glensanda Quarry, who have been in touch with the group, and are offering to make a donation towards the new webcam, as they gave a substantial donation towards the old camera. All the guests who brought ‘gifts’ for the raffle, which ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, all in the name of fun.

Finally, an enormous Thank you to Laura Cook, without whose tireless work, this would never have happened!.

All that’s left now, is to thank you, each and every one of you, who made donations, bought tickets, took part, and caught up with us online. Our website is very important to the community, not only here on Lismore but for those who live off the island, we like to think that having a new wireless webcam, will enable us to bring you all home, even just for a virtual visit.

We don’t yet have a final count, as donations are still coming in, but we have raised in excess of £1000


Words provided by the Website Group on 7th September 2015
Photographs provided by Flora MacLean on 6th and 7th September 2015

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