Abbey service launches gala week

The annual service at Crossraguel Abbey is also the first opportunity for the Gala King and Queen of Carrick to be introduced in public. St Cuthbert's Primary pupil Reece Mitchell and Eilidh Welsh, showed their crowns to those attending
The annual service at Crossraguel Abbey is also the first opportunity for the Gala King and Queen of Carrick to be introduced in public. St Cuthbert's Primary pupil Reece Mitchell and Eilidh Welsh, showed their crowns to those attending

Crossraguel Abbey was once again the venue chosen by Maybole Council of Churches to launch the town’s annual gala week.

Rev. Andrew Baldock, Rector of St Oswald’s Episcopal Church, welcomed representatives from all of the churches in Maybole on a Sunday afternoon which was cold and wet. Luckily, the rain stopped just as the service began.

As usual, the hymns were chosen by individuals from each church who explained why they had chosen the particular hymn.

Matthew Wylie, St Oswald’s Episcopal Church, chose “Christ be our Light”; Walter Gill, Maybole Baptist Church, selected “As the Deer Pants for the Water”; Amazing Grace”; Deirdre Cuthbertson, Maybole Parish Church, chose “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun”; and Libby Kerr, Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church, picked “Colours of Day”.

The annual service at Crossraguel Abbey is also the first opportunity for the Gala King and Queen of Carrick to be introduced in public. St Cuthbert’s Primary pupil Reece Mitchell and Eilidh Welsh, showed their crowns to those attending, although they will not be officially crowned until Saturday June 27 at the annual gala.

Before concluding the service, Mr Baldock thanked everyone who had attended and all who had helped to organise the event.

He added: “We owe grateful thanks once again to Historic Scotland for the use of Crossraguel Abbey.”