Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
And The Winner Is...
by Russell Turner - 20:55 on 27 February 2018
Who’d have thought it? After become an award-winning photographer (LRPS) and author (Eilean Dubh) I’m now quarter of an award-winning band. City Limits was last night named Wedding Entertainment of the Year at the Scottish Wedding Awards 2018, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.
The awards night followed established wedding tradition: lots of kilts, some seriously ill-advised dress choices, a timetable that ran further and further behind schedule, and women crying in the ladies. Whether there was late-night fisticuffs on the road outside and someone yelling “Leave it, he’s not worth it” I couldn’t say because Matchgirl and I left shortly after pudding was served, not long before 10pm. At 9pm she’d been within two minutes of walking out in search of a takeaway.
The day’s excitement had begun at 1.30pm when Matchgirl and I left Queen Street station in search of the Sauchiehall Street Ibis Hotel, which we eventually found in West Regent Street. The tricksters. Then not long after checking in we left again so I could buy a white shirt to replace the one I’d left on the bed at home. Sigh. M&S had my size but only in packs of three, so that was £30 for shirts I rarely wear. Double sigh.
At 6pm four swishly dressed band members and three equally swish partners (Duncan was flying solo) had gathered in reception to take taxis to the hotel, where Matchgirl was horrified to be invited to partake in a group photo. She acquiesced with reluctance. From there it was on to drinks and people-watching, then into the function suite where two over-excited comperes announced the nominees and winners of 25 categories.
I’d fully expected a Central Belt winner of our category so it was a huge surprise when our name was read out. Keith, who went up on stage with Jenna to collect our tasteful glass trophy, was equally surprised, if his tongue-tied acceptance was anything to go by. Shortly after that we assembled for the official winner’s photo.
Many more winners and a disappointing dinner later, Matchgirl and I had had enough excitement. The remaining band members and partners partied on, ending the night at 2am in a karaoke bar. We made the right decision.
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