Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Friday people: We ask David Scott about his relationships

Strong culture: as well as being an Orangeman, David Scott is a keen pipe band member
Strong culture: as well as being an Orangeman, David Scott is a keen pipe band member
Close family: David and Irene with Ethan (left) and Kyle

The 48-year-old is community education officer for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. He lives in Rathfriland with his wife Irene and they have two grown-up sons, Kyle (24) and Ethan (19).

My wife Irene

We lived about three miles apart and would have known each other through church circles and the Orange Hall. Her late father and my late father were the founder members of the Drumlough Pipe Band that our boys and I are in.

We started going out in January 1987 after I plucked up the courage to ask her out and we've been together ever since. We've been married for 25 years next month.

Irene works for the Post Office and is also a carer in the community.

My sons

Kyle is working as a graphic designer in Ballygowan and Ethan is studying sports science in Newry – he'll finish the course in a couple of years at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Family is important to me and we're very close. I don't think the boys will go away from Northern Ireland – they like where they live and the activities they're involved in.

My best friend

Aubrey Stewart has been a good friend through pipe band circles, church circles and through the Orders. I've known him for about 30 years.

Then there is David Neville, who I would often use as a sounding board. My trust and respect for him has grown over the years.

Finally, there's Derek McDowell, who's about 10 years younger than me. Like me, he's an elder in the church and is also in the lodge and in the pipe band. I would depend quite a bit on him. Altogether, I have a cross-section of friends who I can turn to for different kinds of advice.

My parents, Hubert and Jean

My late father was a coal merchant and my mother stayed at home to look after us – she's in her 90th year now. I'm the baby of the family as there is also Agnes, Hubert, Jean, John and Ruth. We're all still in Northern Ireland and we're still very close. If we need each other, we're there.

My mum is proud of what I do – she's never really said it but I know she is because of little comments she has made in the past. She's happy that I'm doing something that I enjoy.

My secret crush is ... Sophie, Countess of Wessex

I don't have a crush as such, but I think she is a fabulous person and I have a lot of admiration for her. She doesn't get as much credit as she deserves. I'm an amateur royal photographer and Sophie seems like a gentle and gracious person.

Who I go to for advice

I go to my wife and I think that's the success of our partnership.

I will always talk over with Irene anything that impacts on us as a family.

My mentor, David Hume

David is the director of services at the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and I've got to know him not just as a boss over the last 10 years, but also as a friend. He's someone who has helped me, not only on my professional journey, but also if I need to talk to someone outside of work it would be him.

My fantasy dinner party

The first person would have to be Groucho Marx for his humour and all the witty remarks he would come out with. Then, I would ask Winston Churchill, again for his wit but also for his speeches. I would probably choose Her Majesty the Queen as another guest because I regard her as a great lady and a great ambassador for the United Kingdom. The final invitation would go to Dawn French, to see if she really could eat as many Brussels Sprouts as she claimed to eat on The Vicar of Dibley.

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