The fifth generation of a Kirkcaldy family was christened in the town’s Old Kirk at the weekend – after travelling all the way from Sydney, Australia!
Baby Archie Bruce Ferguson Carnegie (5 months) was christened in the same church as his dad Alan (44), gran Carol Carnegie (64), late great grandmother Margaret Adamson and great, great grandmother Cecilia Campbell.
And to continue the family tradition, Alan and mum Tanya brought Archie half way round the world from their home in Sydney, Australia to meet around 50 members of his extended family at the service which took place on Saturday afternoon.
The decision to have little Archie christened in the historic Old Kirk came about after a family discussion.
Carol, Archie’s gran, who lives in Kelty explained: “The family were talking about it in Australia and we got chatting about where we were all christened, and we thought it would be really nice if Archie was christened where most of his family were christened.
“I got in touch with Rosemary Potter, the chairman of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, and she was just wonderful in helping us to arrange it all.
“We started to organise it back in June, and we were looking for a minister to perform the ceremony when Rev. Christine Fraser from St Peters Church in the town offered to do it for us, which was great.
“Everyone has been so friendly and gone out of their way to ensure this could happen and we are very grateful to them all. It’s lovely to think Archie is the fifth generation of our family to be christened in this amazing church with all its history.”
The service on Saturday was attended by around 50 family members from all over Scotland, from Wales and from Spain, where Alan’s brother Barry lives.
Carol added: “It has been really wonderful to have everyone together here at the same time, and I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present.”
Alan added: “This has all come together really well thanks to my mum who organised it all, and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making it all happen. Everyone has been fantastic.
“It’s also great to introduce Archie to all the family and friends who are here from all over the UK and from Gibraltar, Spain and Australia.”
Tanya, a beauty therapist, said: “We moved to Australia about ten years ago after a backpacking trip when we fell in love with the place. It’s lovely to be able to combine our trip home for Christmas with Archie’s christening.”
Rosemary Potter, chairman of the Old Kirk Trust, said: “I was glad to help and it is wonderful to have such a lovely occasion celebrated in our church.”