Fond memories of Methil

Mr and Mrs Barr, formerly at Methil Parish Church, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary
Mr and Mrs Barr, formerly at Methil Parish Church, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary

A former Reverend of Methil Parish Church and his wife have had plenty to celebrate as they marked their diamond wedding anniversary.

Alexander and Nancy Barr lived in Methil for nine years between 1958 and 1967, welcoming two of their three children while living in the town.

The pair were married on February 27, 1954 in Kirkcaldy, where Nancy had grown up.

They had met two years earlier at a family wedding and at the time, Mr Barr was still in his role as the first minister of Burnfoot Church in Hawick. The pair would get together in Edinburgh – between their two places – every Monday evening to go to the pictures and have coffee.

When a new post came up at Methil Parish Church, the pair left Hawick in 1958 accompanied by their young daughter, Eleanor.

A few weeks after arriving, their second daughter, Susan, was born at the Manse, and four years later their third daughter, Kathryn, came along.

All three girls attended Methil Primary School.

While in Methil, Mr Barr was Moderator of the Kirkcaldy Presbytery and Mrs Barr was active in the Woman’s Guild.

Mrs Barr is still a member of her local Guild and was recently recognised for her many years service to the organisation.

The family stayed in the town for nine years, before Mr Barr accepted an invitation to go to St Nicholas’ Cardonald Parish Church in Glasgow, where they remained for 25 years until his retirement in 1992.

The couple now live in 
Paisley, but both have fond memories of their time in Methil.

“We were very happy in Methil for nine years and have very happy memories,” said Mr Barr.

“It was a very busy town indeed and it was a big congregation – around 1200. In those days, people looked for a visit from the minister occasionally, and with many in hospital, I used to visit the Victoria Hospital every Friday.

“I also remember there were a great number of weddings – it was very popular. I had to make sure to keep my diary ready about two years ahead, and there would be days I would do three or even four weddings in a day.”

To mark their diamond wedding, the couple celebrated with family and friends at a lunch in their home town.