PRACTICE RUN . . . Rebecca and Robert on Lockerbie Gala Day 2015 with
their ‘Big Fat Scout Wedding’ entry
Lockerbie Scout Group leader Robert Humes married his assistant scout leader, Rebecca, from Dumfries, on July 14 at the Crichton Church in Dumfries.
The happy couple’s roles have always played a big part in their relationship, which has been well documented by their local newspaper, the Annandale Herald.
Their surprise on stage engagement was captured by the paper’s staff photographer, Steve Matthew, back in September 2014, as was the Scout’s 2015 wedding themed gala entry.
And the newlyweds included their Scout troop in their nuptials as much as possible on the big day.
The youngsters paraded Robert and his best men with three pipers to the church before saluting his bride as she walked down the aisle.
Next the scouts formed a guard of honour outside the church and saluted the married couple as they walked to their venue.
WEDDING BELLS . . . the newly weds and their troop
And next they went on to entertain guests with campfire songs and parade the married couple with a banner, wielded by Beavers, and even a gun salute, using the group’s cannon before the group were dismissed – or so Rebecca thought.
Robert said: “The evening reception began with the cake cutting, a speech and a movie slideshow of mine and Rebecca’s happy memories together.
“I left ‘crying’ and surprised her by re-entering with pipes and drums and the Scouts and leaders.
“We marched onto the stage and performed a mini gang show all about Rebecca.”
The Scouts had each written a speech to tell all the guests how amazing Rebecca is to them.
They then performed all the dance routines put together by the bride for previous shows and finished with a final parade.
Robert said: “The Scouts had kept ‘Operation Zulu’ — our name for the surprise – quiet for nine weeks and rehearsed at the Dryfesdale Hall every Tuesday in preparation.
“On behalf of my wife and I we would like to thank everyone who made this possible and the dedication of the scouts is something to behold.”