Today's Archive Hour winds the clock back to August 14, 2008 when this family enjoyed a double wedding celebration. 


A HELENSBURGH family enjoyed a unique double occasion when they celebrated a marriage and a golden wedding — on the same day.

Bride Dee Mitchell discovered by coincidence that the chosen day for her wedding was also the same date as her grandparents, May and Michael McGourlay, clocked up their 50th anniversary.

Despite the clash, the family decided to make it a joint event. Dee’s mum Ann, of Old Luss Road, said: “When Dee said she was getting married on June 28, I said that was her gran’s golden wedding and we decided to make it a joint celebration. The only thing that my mum said was that it was Dee’s day and not to make a fuss about them.”

The bride and groom, Scott Buchanan, who is based at Faslane, were married in Helensburgh’s St Joseph’s Church. After the ceremony the newly-weds were treated to a guard of honour formed by highland dancers from the Margaret Rose School of Dance, of which the bride was a member. The couple then headed to the Warrant Officers and Senior Rates Mess at the Base where they were greeted by another guard of honour — of ceremonial swords from Scott’s comrades. Dee, a nursery nurse, and her husband, then enjoyed a meal with 150 guests before a further 100 attended for the evening’s double celebration. Two cakes marked the special day, with the newly-weds cutting theirs before Dee’s grandparents. The couple, who honeymooned in Canada, set up home in Bulford, Wiltshire.