The song Get Me To The Church On Time has never taken on more significance than at the wedding of Stephen Musgrave and Beth McCabe in St Catherine’s Parish Church at Aldergrove.
For Stephen has a reputation of always being late for every date. Known as that (very) late chap Musgrave, he never arrived at morning service in St Catherine’s, in whose choir he sang, until well after the first hymn.
So guests at the nuptials waited with bated breath to see if he would arrive at the altar before Beth.
But they needn’t have worried. For best man David Henry was well aware of Stephen’s bad timekeeping and summoned the limo really early to his home.
“As far as I can remember, it was the first time I’ve been that early for any appointment,” Stephen admitted in his speech.
The ceremony was performed by Canon Sam McComb. Stephen is the son of widower Canon Jim Musgrave, who is a former rector there, and Beth is a member of the select vestry and the daughter of widow Eva McCabe, a member of the parish.
The couple met while playing badminton together and in the church choir. They had been friends for a while before love bloomed. “I never thought for a minute that Stephen would be late — never mind his reputation,” said Beth.