Taking the high road to Tweed
SCOTTISH-born and raised Margaret Proctor was given a true-blue Aussie welcoming by Murwillumbah's Uniting Church congregation yesterday morning.
The wife of the Tweed Valley's latest Uniting Church minister, Reverend Ian Proctor, was naturalised at a citizenship ceremony at Tweed Heads Civic Centre conducted by Mayor Warren Polglase last week, 10 months after her husband officially became an Aussie.
"I'm famous at last, I've had my 10 minutes of fame and now I'll go back to being me," she joked after the congregation put on a surprise morning tea for her comprising of billy tea and damper (and the odd chocolate biscuit) after the Palm Sunday service conducted by her husband.
The couple moved to the Tweed last November after spending five years in Tasmania.
"It's even cold there compared to Scotland, we seemed to have gone from one extreme to the other as it's been too warm here over the summer months but it's lovely now," she said.
"The Tweed's a lovely valley and very much like the highlands of Scotland?.?.?.?we're very happy here and the congregation is very friendly - which they should be because they're Christians," she quipped.
Reverend Proctor agreed, saying "it's absolutely marvellous here, the views remind me of Scotland except it's very humid - but there's no snow, not even on top of Mt Warning".
The Proctors' daughter Ruth and her three young children live with them in Murwillumbah and also hope to become naturalised Australians.