WORSHIPPERS from all Bute’s Christian congregations gathered at the historic St Blane’s Chapel on the island shortly after sunrise on Sunday to celebrate Easter Day together.
The gathering of around 70 people heard readings from Peter Wallace of Rothesay Christian Fellowship, local Church of Scotland ministers Drew Barrie and Owain Jones from Rothesay Trinity and the United Church of Bute, Fr Michael Hutson from St Andrew’s RC Church and the Reverend Ron Rye of Ardbeg Baptist Church.
Hymns were sung to the accompaniment of a venerable ‘kist o’ whistles’, a pedal-powered organ originally used at seaside missions on the island prior to the Second World War.
Sunday morning’s gathering was the culmination of a week of ecumenical services held at churches around the island to mark Holy Week.
Some parts of the ruins at the chapel site, near the southern tip of Bute, date back to the 12th century, although the first Christian settlement in the area was established some six hundred years previously, when St Catan built a monastery on the site.