Stain glass tribute to Queensferry’s much loved minister

By Shaun Milne

A CHURCH congregation which raised more than £16,000 in a heartfelt tribute to remember its former Minister unveiled a memorial window to him at a special service on Sunday.

John Carrie, 64, who was minister of Queensferry Parish Church for 37 years, passed away suddenly in March 2008 just months before he was due to retire.

Following Mr Carrie’s death, a memorial appeal fund was set up by the congregation which raised over £16,000 towards a stain glass window to be specially commissioned in his memory.


It was designed by artist Roland Mitton and based on Psalm 23, “The Lord’s My Shepherd” and unveiled by his widow Anne in front of a packed congregation.

The fund raising efforts not only paid for the window, but also funded the training of a school teacher in Chogoria, Kenya – reflecting Mr Carrie’s interest in the needs of the Third World.

It is anticipated a further two teachers will be trained with the remaining balance.

Queensferry associate minister Reverend Sean Swindells said: “I worked with Reverend John Carrie for five months before his sudden death. Continue reading

Funeral for tragic Riggi children

The three Riggi children

By Cara Sulieman

THREE children found dead in an Edinburgh flat earlier this month will be laid to rest in Aberdeen on Friday, it was announced today.

Twins Austin and Luke Riggi, eight, and their five year old sister Cecilia Riggi, were found dead in their home in Edinburgh on August 4.

There had been reports of an explosion at the townhouse in the Slateford area of the city leading to their discovery.

Theresa Riggi, 46, the children’s mother has since been charged in connection with their murder.

Continue reading

Ewan Williamson memorial unveiled

Linda Williamson in front of the plaque remembering her son Ewan

By Cara Sulieman

A LASTING tribute to remember tragic Scots firefighter Ewan Williamson was unveiled by his mother Linda yesterday (Mon).

The 35-year-old had been with Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service for seven years when he died rescuing people from a blaze at the Balmoral Bar on Dalry Road in Edinburgh last July.

Although around 20 people were evacuated from the building, Ewan tragically lost his life – the first Edinburgh based firefighter to die whilst battling a blaze in living memory.

And now the service has dedicated a lasting tribute to a “wonderful individual” and “courageous firefighter”.

Continue reading

Pastor Praises Gordon Brown in home town

By Andrea McCallum

A CHURCH leader from Gordon Brown’s home town has taken out an advert in his local paper to support the under-pressure PM in the upcoming election.

Reverend Joe Nwokoye insists the Fife-born Premier is the best candidate for the job.

And Dr Nwokoye – a pastor in Kirkcaldy – hopes to inspire Mr Brown’s home town voters.

Continue reading

Kirk urges parishioners to “forgive” innkeeper

By Cara Sulieman

THE CHURCH of Scotland is calling on people to give the Bethlehem innkeeper a chance and to stop the “bad press” he has been getting for the past 2,000 years.

The Kirk said that he has been unfairly blamed for refusing Mary and Joseph a room when his inn was fully booked – and that he did his best by letting them stay in the stable.

Rev James Martin defended the hotelier in this month’s Life and Work magazine – asking for him to be given a “second chance”.

And he has the support of more senior members of the church, who are asking parishioners to spare a thought for the overlooked player in the nativity.

Continue reading

Church oppose tram plans

By Andrea McCallum

PLANS for Edinburgh’s trams are being challenged by a higher power after fears a congregation could be permanently cut off from their church.

The Presbytery of Edinburgh has backed Greenside Parish Church in their battle against street proposals for the controversial trams.

Edinburgh City Council intend to permanently close the right turn to Royal Terrace – where the church sits – for vehicles on London Road travelling away from the city centre.

But minister Reverend Andrew Anderson said the congregation would be “damaged” if the church became “virtually inaccessible” from the north and west of the city.

Continue reading

Tragic Scots schoolgirl Kelly falls victim to adult cot death

Kelly Blair

Kelly Blair

By Alexander Lawrie and Cara Sulieman

A TRAGIC Scots schoolgirl has been found dead in her bed after falling victim to suspected adult cot death.

Pretty Kelly Louise Blair, 16, from Musselburgh, East Lothian, was discovered by her family after they went to wake her.

Paramedics were called to the family home at around 8am last Thursday after being called by distraught relatives.

Two ambulances and a doctor attended the scene, but were unable to save the schoolgirl.

Continue reading