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Love endures

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Noel Thompson, Gleaner Writer

After 48 years of being married, Winston and Delsie Chin express their undying love for each other.

WESTERN BUREAU: Scores of couples turned out to renew their vows and receive God's blessings at a special service at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Montego Bay, St James, last Sunday, December 27.

While most of the couples reside in and around Montego Bay, there were a few who travelled from other parts of the island, and some were visiting from overseas.

During the service, Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay, Charles Dufour, and his aides, Father Carl Clarke and Deacon Baldwin Powell, invited the couples to the altar for a special prayer and blessing. With arms outstretched, the clergymen asked for God's divine intervention in the couples' lives before Bishop Dufour blessed their wedding bands.

The couples were celebrating between 30 to 49 years of marriage. They included Paxton and Una Scott, celebrating 49 years; Winston and Delsie Chin, 48 years; Trinidadian-born calypsonian Kenneth 'Lord Laro' Lara and wife Norma, celebrating 47 years; Leroy and Daisy Reid, 46 years; Oswald and Kay Williams, 44 years; Earl and Elfreda Finlayson and Linford and Marjorie Smith, 42 years, and Daryl and Gladys Bailey, 36 years.

At the end of the prayer, the couples renewed their vows. Widows and widowers in the congregation were also invited to the altar for their share of prayer and blessings.

Even after 36 years, Gladys Bailey is still very in love with her husband Dary. As they renewed their vows, looking on is Father Carl Clarke. - Photos by Noel Thompson

Forty-two years ago, Linford Smith sang to his wife, Marjorie, at their wedding reception. He did it again on Sunday. Looking on is deacon Baldwin Powell.

Veteran calypsonian Kenneth 'Lord Laro' Lara and wife Norma are greeted by Bishop of Montego Bay, the Rev Charles Dufour, during a special service dedicated to couples renewing their vows at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Sunday, December 27. The Laras have been married for 47 years.

Paxton Scott and his wife of 49 years, Una, renewing their vows. Looking on is Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay Charles Dufour.