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Couple enjoy scaled back wedding

Section:  Lockerbie and Lochmaben

A LITTLE slice of happiness was enjoyed in Applegarth on Saturday, amid ongoing coronavirus uncertainty.

Friends of 40 years Kirsteen Steel and Andrew Michell said “I do” in a hastily organised, intimate marriage ceremony.

The couple, of Applegarth House, originally set a wedding date for April but decided to bring it forward due to the spreading coronavirus. Kirsteen described a ‘rollercoaster week’ last week in which their plans slowly unravelled and they thought all was hopeless as Lockerbie Town Hall was closed due to the pandemic.

However, the hall agreed to open specially for the service and Kirsteen and Andrew were able to say their vows. Afterwards, the couple, and their two dogs Phoebe and Millie, drove their Morris convertible ‘Molly’ to wave at isolated friends.

The new Mrs Michell said: “Ina and John Clark, from Lockerbie, are in strict isolation whilst John waits for an operation. We then went on to Dryfemount Care Home, where I take Millie as a Therapet. The residents congregated in the upstairs day room and waved and sang. We had such a happy and special wedding, the coronavirus hampered our plans but did not spoil our day.”

Andrew and Kirsteen plan proper celebrations with family and friends when the crisis is over.

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