Carol Simons conducted her 301st and last Bute wedding ceremony at Rothesay Castle on Saturday - adding one more entry to the long list of happy memories she’ll have to look back on now she has retired as the island’s assistant registrar.
Carol began working at Rothesay’s Eaglesham House - then the local office of Strathclyde Regional Council - on August 17, 1984, and has since been lucky enough to officiate at numerous ‘firsts’, including the first out-of-doors marriage in Argyll and Bute and the area’s first baby-naming ceremony, as well as conducting weddings at several unusual locations, among them the standing stones at Ettrick Bay and a barn at Quogach farm.
“It’s been a real privilege to have set so many couples on the road to happiness,” Carol told The Buteman during her last day in the office on Friday.
“I remember once I was travelling on the ferry and got into conversation with a couple I’d married. Then another couple came up to us and said I’d married them, too, and another, and another.
“Registering births was always a joyous occasion, too. Registering a death is very different, of course, but even then I could console myself by knowing I was helping to give some closure to people after a very sad event in their own lives.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my work, but this is a good opportunity for me to look to the future.”