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A bit of friendly rivalry was had outside the front of the Maclean Scottish shop on St Patricks Day as Belfast born Peter Leslie and Maclean Scottish Town committee president Bob Macpherson ham it up with the assistance of members of the Port Stephens SES Peter Sherwen and Sahra Challinor, who happened to be passing by. Image: Lynne Mowbray.

Irish Day in a Scottish Shop

A bit of friendly rivalry was had outside the front of the Maclean Scottish shop on St Patricks Day as Belfast born Peter Leslie and Maclean Scottish Town committee president Bob Macpherson ham it up with the assistance of members of the Port Stephens SES Peter Sherwen and Sahra Challinor, who happened to be passing by. Image: Lynne Mowbray.

Irishman Peter Leslie celebrated St Patricks Day by working in Maclean’s Scottish Shop, where he is a full time volunteer.
It was not just St Patricks Day however that Peter was celebrating; it was also his 45th wedding anniversary.
When asked why he decided to get married on St Patricks Day, Peter said that it was so he didn’t forget it (his wedding day).
“It’s actually been a tradition in the family, to get married on that day,” said Peter.
“My son broke with tradition however, as he got married a week ago in Fiji.”
Peter was born in Belfast, Ireland and worked as a military policeman for the British Army.
He resigned in 1972 and moved to Australia to follow his heart. Peter followed his girlfriend Lynda to Australia and they married in Geraldton, Western Australia.
Peter served with the Intelligence Corp in the Australian Army for 26 years before retiring.
The couple moved to Maclean from Canberra 10 years ago and Peter said that they love the town.
“We picked Maclean as it was warmer than Canberra and it was the friendliest place that we had visited.”

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