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2002-Jun-13: Words from the Man Who Wed Sir Paul and Heather

In an article published in today's Belfast Telegraph Church of Ireland Archdeacon Cecil Pringle talks about officiating at the McCartney wedding ceremony.  He says the request was made a long time ago when he met with two of Sir Paul's representatives:
"It was the first of many visits.  We met in a variety of places. During these clandestine meetings Sir Paul's agents stressed that confidentiality was the top and bottom line. From early on it was clear that they wanted complete confidentiality. My lips were sealed.  I don't find it hard if someone tells me something in confidence. That never crosses my lips. The same would apply to any marriage I conducted. There are certain matters that are private and it's not my business to put them in the public domain."
The Archdeacon met the happy bride and groom for the first time on Monday inside the church on the Castle Leslie estate where they discussed the wedding service he would be performing for them.  Although the basic service was same as any he would perform in his own parish, the Archdeacon makes a point of individualizing each ceremony for each wedding couple.  He is not a believer in "one size fits all", so he personalized the wedding service he performed so that it truly reflected the spirit of Sir Paul and Heather:
"We got on very well.  I always try to use the literature available so it is meaningful to the people involved.  The part that would have been different would have been the quality of the music. The music was outstanding. I was completely happy with the service we had."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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