CHURCH elders and officials in Moffat welcomed a VIP guest on Tuesday afternoon.
Lord High Commissioner, The Rt Hon Lord Hodge, and his wife Lady Hodge, were in town to hear about, and see for themselves, the work at St Andrew’s Church.
They were shown around by Rev Elsie Macrae, who said afterwards: “Their graces seem to be impressed with everything and appreciated everyone.
“They were very down to earth and easy to chat to. He was very happy mingling with everyone, it was really humbling.”
She added: “Overall, they enjoyed the drive over the Beef Tub and were taken at what of Moffat they saw. They were impressed by the work that the church has taken, keeping its historical features and yet embracing the current climate.”
Lord and Lady Hodge were accompanied by deputy lord lieutenant Gordon Dickie and also met representatives from various denominations, the British Legion, the Masons, the community council, Kayantics, the school, the Men’s Shed and the Bird Box, the contractors and architect, as well as church members.
The Lord High Commissioner is appointed by the monarch to represent the Sovereign at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.