Glenrothes still home to far-travelled padre

THE PADRE: Neil Allison has travelled worldwide.
THE PADRE: Neil Allison has travelled worldwide.

A former Glenrothes minister has offered spiritual solace to soldiers in some of the world’s worst trouble spots, reports MIKE DELANEY.

But Neil Allison returned to the town for a visit recently and admitted he still thinks of it as home.

He resigned as minister at Glenrothes Baptist Church in 1998 to become an army padre and his service has taken him to countries ranging from Kosovo to Afghanistan.

Rev Allison explained: “I have been attached to different regiments during that time and, at the moment, I am chaplain to the unit which deal with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“I don’t live in the town when I am back now, but I was here for five years and I still consider it to be home and still have so many friends in the area and come back when I can.”