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A popular minister came out of retirement for a special service – the wedding of his grandson.

Rev. Jack McCallum, minister at Irving Church in Camelon for nearly four decades, married Robbie McCallum and his bride Joanne MacDonald at the Erskine Church, Falkirk, on Sunday.

Among the many hundreds of couples he married during his time in Camelon, Mr McCallum carried out the wedding ceremonies of his sons Duncan and Kenneth and daughter Fiona, as well as a string of ensuing Christenings, Robbie’s among them. But this is the first of his grandchildren to be married by him.

Robbie (31), is a self-employed business analyst, and Joanne (25) a data management co-ordinator, based in Edinburgh with energy company Repsol.

Proud parents Kate and John MacDonald, of Laurieston, and Duncan and Myra McCallum, of Polmont, looked on as the happy couple signed the register.

Keeping it in the family, Joanne had asked Robbie’s sister Emma (28) to be her bridesmaid. She travelled over from her home in New York, where she handles e-commerce for the fashion chain Reiss, with her husband Stuart Whiteside (28), an insurance claims adjuster, to be by her side as the couple tied the knot.

And Joanne’s brother Stuart was involved in the action too, acting as an usher alongside Robbie’s pal Bryan Bell.

The wedding party was rounded off by flower girls Ellie Ross (6) and Ava Barron (18 months).

Robbie and Joanne then celebrated their marriage with family and friends at Glenbervie House in Larbert,

Robbie said: “Having a contact with someone in higher places certainly paid off. After a week of horrible weather, Sunday was a beautiful day - in every way.”

His grandpa, now aged 85, said: “I thought my wedding days were over.

‘‘But I was really delighted to be asked by Robbie and Joanne to perform their wedding ceremony.”

“They are a beautiful couple who obviously mean a huge amount to each other. It was a wonderful day all round, with everything going off smoothly.”