Monday, 28 August 2017

A very special Couple at St. Clement’s, Ewell

Lil and Mike cutting the cake
The parish of St Clement's, Ewell recently celebrated the 80th birthdays and 55th wedding anniversary of two of its stalwarts, Lil and Mick Ryan. They have been active in the parish for well over 40 years. The Saturday evening Mass was dedicated to them and Fr Graham Bamford, the parish priest invited them to renew their marriage vows. It was easy to see that they are loved and appreciated by us all.

After Mass the church hall was bursting with close on 100 people: their son Mike, friends and parishioners. We tucked into a hog roast with numerous accompaniments. The food table was groaning! For once Lil was not allowed to organise or contribute to the event. This was a first, as every single gathering at St Clement’s has seen Lil at the helm: in the kitchen cooking and serving, setting up her stall at the parish fairs, being the mastermind behind the jumble sales – you name it, Lil did it!

Lil and Mick chose the music they would like to be played in the background and as the evening advanced their favourite Irish tunes came into their own. There was silence as our lovely songbird, Betty Lynch, began to sing “The Fields of Athenry” and then an enormous wave of voices joined in the choruses.

Finally Lil and Mick cut the cake (or cakes – one for their birthdays and one for their wedding anniversary). It was a truly lovely evening and a great tribute to two wonderful people.

Story Charlotte Gregory Picture Lesley Squibb

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