Mallorca Songs of Praise


Mallorca

Connie Fisher joins the Street Angels of Magaluf as they patrol the Spanish party town, offering aid and advice to dusk-to-dawn revellers.


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-ARCHIVE:

-It's here again, that time to start thinking about faraway places

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with strange-sounding names.

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Majorca is a favourite with British package tourists.

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New hotels mushroom all over the island.

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The Spanish island of Majorca has long been

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a popular resort for British holiday-makers.

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These days, it's an island of sharp contrast.

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On the one hand, a tranquil retreat

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of medieval villages and sandy coves.

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MUSIC BLARES

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On the other, a neon-lit hotspot of nightclubs and bars.

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Yes!

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I'm in Magaluf to meet the Street Angels,

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Christians who volunteer to give a helping hand

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to those whose night out has become a nightmare.

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-Are you the Angels of Magaluf?

-Yeah.

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God bless you, God bless you all.

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-Here you go.

-Thank you, thank you.

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On the other side of the island, I find out how the discovery

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of a Madonna statue turned this into a place of pilgrimage.

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And I'm here in Cumbria, at a very special wedding,

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where the bride and groom have a combined age of 188.

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Did you ever think you would fall in love again at this age?

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Yes, I did.

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THEY LAUGH

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Our hymns and songs, old and new, come from around the UK,

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but we begin on the Costa del Sol, where, in 2008,

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Graham Kendrick led a sunny Spanish Songs Of Praise celebration.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Magaluf, on the south-west coast of Majorca.

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By day, its beaches are filled with holiday-makers

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enjoying the white sand and surf.

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But as the sun sets,

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attention shifts to the Punta Balena strip of nightclubs and bars.

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In the evening, this place becomes the party capital of the island.

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And for young Brits, if not careful, harmless fun can get out of hand.

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Magaluf!

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And that's where the Street Angels come in,

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a group of Christians who provide practical and pastoral help

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wherever it's needed.

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I joined them as they prepared to go out on the streets.

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So if there's an incident, make sure three of you are together.

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Do not do anything solo.

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Even if it's somebody across the road dying, believe me,

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make sure somebody's there and say, "Let's go over there together."

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Because we don't want to be isolated, it just invites trouble.

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THEY CHANT

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We aim to finish at 7, 7:30, unless there's something that goes on.

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So, please, try to aim to be back by 7:30 latest.

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MUSIC BLARES

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Before joining Street Angels, Jason was a DJ in Magaluf.

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I had a great time, great nights, great parties, but, like,

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if there was somebody in the corner passed out and really needing help,

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I couldn't, like, go out, leave my station.

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So I tried it one night with the Street Angels and, er...

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I thought, "This is it." I don't know how to explain it.

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You get a buzz from it.

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The Holy Spirit kind of pretty much touches you, so...

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Calm before the storm, Jason, that's what this is.

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The calm before the storm, yeah.

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For some people, it's just a night out,

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but do you think this is going to be

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a life-changing and eye-opening night for me,

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-as a Street Angel for the first time?

-Definitely.

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I think it is...

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I mean, we are in the business of seed-scattering here.

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I always say, like, you know, we never know what's going to happen,

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but we do believe that people are experiencing God's love

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through us and are touched by the spirit.

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I'm super-nervous, I don't know about you.

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But you're a pro, you've done this lots.

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Yeah, I've done it a couple of times, definitely.

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Let's just see what God is saying and what he's going to do tonight.

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Later in the programme,

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I experience for myself a typical night out with the Street Angels.

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# Yeah, yeah, yeah

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# What do you think about life?

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# I love it

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# Uh-huh

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# What do you think about Christ?

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# I love him

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# Do you believe that he died

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# To save me?

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# That's what he did

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# And I, I tell you he lives

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-# Lean in

-Lean in

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-# Lean out

-Lean out

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-# Breathe in

-Breathe in

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-# Breathe out

-Breathe out

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-# Back it up

-Back it up

-Back it up

-Back it up

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# Back it up, I say

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# What do you think about life?

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# I love it

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# Uh-huh huh

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# Well, what do you think about Christ?

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# I love him

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# Do you believe that he died to save me?

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# That's what he did

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# And I, I tell you he lives

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-# Lean in

-Lean in

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-# Lean out

-Lean out

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-# Breathe in

-Breathe in

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-# Breathe out

-Breathe out

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-# Back it up

-Back it up

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-# Back it up

-Back it up

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# Back it up, I say

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-# Now, whosoever

-Whosoever

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-# Drinks of the water

-Drinks of the water

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-# Then I shall give him

-Then I shall give him

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# There'll come a spring of

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# Everlasting life... #

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Get ready...

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# Uh-huh, oh, yeah

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-# Lean in

-Lean in

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-# Lean out

-Lean out

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-# Breathe in

-Breathe in

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-# Breathe out

-Breathe out

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-# Back it up

-Back it up

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-# Back it up

-Back it up

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# Back it up, I say

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# Living waterfall

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# Holy spirit, let your

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# Living waterfall

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# Spirit, let your living waterfall... #

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Hey!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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In the north-west of Majorca is one of the island's most sacred places.

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Here, in the 13th century, a young shepherd called Lluc

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is said to have found a statue of the Virgin Mary

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amongst the rocks of a mountain stream.

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It was taken to a nearby church, and the next day,

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when people came to visit the statue,

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it had disappeared, and mysteriously it was found

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back in the stream where Lluc had first discovered it.

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It was decided to leave the statue where it was found,

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but on the site, this sanctuary was built.

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Hola!

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Que tal? Muy bien.

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Now, people come from all over to see the statue of the Black Madonna.

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-TRANSLATION:

-Well, the statue of the Virgin continues to attract people,

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even after 700 years.

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As you can see, this area is beautiful,

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but there's also a feeling of spirituality

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that we all carry within us.

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If I may say, my heart is moved more by this image than any other

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in Majorca, or the world.

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Many people, especially those who came here as children

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and are now older, feel the same about the Virgin of Lluc.

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Lluc Monastery is also famous for its music school,

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with its children's choir dating back to the 16th century.

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Twice a day, the choir sings at Mass.

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A mechanism turns the statue of the Black Madonna from its

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anteroom to the chapel, where it's revealed to the congregation,

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pilgrims who have come here, like many before them,

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across the centuries.

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HARP MUSIC

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# Ave Maria

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# Gratia plena

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# Dominus tecum

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# Benedicta tu

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# In mulieribus

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# Et benedictus

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# Fructus ventris

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# Tui, Iesus

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# Sancta Maria

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# Sancta Maria

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# Sancta Maria

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# Ora pro nobis

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# Nobis peccatoribus

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# Nunc et in hora

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# Mortis nostrae

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# Amen

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# Amen. #

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The island of Majorca has been the location for many a holiday romance.

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You don't need to be on holiday to find love,

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and you certainly don't need to be young either,

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as Pam Rhodes has been finding out.

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Well, look at me all dressed up for a very special occasion.

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This is Whitehaven in Cumbria,

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and I have come to meet a wonderful couple,

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Bernard and Margaret, who, when they get married in a few hours' time,

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will surely become the world's oldest newlyweds...

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..because the bride is 95 years old,

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and her fiance is a relative toy boy at a mere 93.

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But the story of this wedding begins almost 70 years ago.

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Back in 1950, when Bernard married his first wife, Dorothy,

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Margaret was bridesmaid.

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In the years that followed, they stayed in touch.

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Dorothy had dementia for five years.

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I used to visit her every day.

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This one particular day, on my way there,

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I had a car crash,

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which resulted in this neck problem I have got.

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I'd been in hospital about two or three hours,

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and my son came in to say that Dorothy had just died.

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I would've been with her, if I'd managed to get there,

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but it was just too late.

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Bernard and Margaret lost touch with each other.

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And this story could have had a very different ending,

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if it weren't for Margaret's detective skills.

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I thought, "He's either died or he's moved,"

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and I wrote a letter to his neighbour

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and said, would they tell me where he was?

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And the next thing was, I had a phone call from Bernard.

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And a telephone romance blossomed.

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Here comes the bride, look.

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Then, before last Christmas, I realised that

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for me it was more than friendship.

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And I thought, "It's not protocol.

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"I can't tell him."

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So I went to Orkney on holiday and I had to forget him

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and it didn't work.

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And then this little voice came into my head, and it kept saying,

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"Tell him!"

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I rang him up and I said,

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"I've got something to tell you, and I just had to say I love you."

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He said something ridiculous like, "Oh, it's obvious!"

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And then I didn't hear anything for the next couple of days.

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If either of you knows a reason why you may not lawfully marry,

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you must declare it now.

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I could guess from the way she was with me

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that she still felt something about me.

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And it just suddenly dawned on me that I loved this lady.

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Did you ever think you would fall in love again at this age?

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Yes, I did.

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Yes, I did, and it was Margaret I was thinking about.

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Margaret, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage.

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And then he rang me up and he quoted that song,

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"I just called to say I love you."

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She knew what I meant.

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And we decided there and then to get married.

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She's very, very caring, thoughtful, completely unselfish.

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That's it.

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We share the same sense of humour, which helps a lot.

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And I'm able to be perfectly honest with him,

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and I know he will be honest with me.

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Bernard, I give you this ring...

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-As a sign of our marriage.

-As a sign of our marriage.

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For better or worse, in sickness and in health,

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this man will be there for me.

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Yes.

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I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.

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APPLAUSE

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All right, Dad?

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I think it's living out, not only our personal faith,

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but our combined faith now.

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And what are you looking forward to most about being married?

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Loving each other.

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I'll just get a couple more.

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And here's one of the hymns chosen by the happy couple.

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In the centre of Magaluf, it's 4am. The party has been going all night.

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I'm with the Street Angels,

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Christians ready to give a helping hand wherever it's needed.

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We're kind of in the hubbub now.

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-You're pretty much in the centre of Magaluf right now.

-OK.

-Yeah.

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I just want to wrap everyone in cotton wool.

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They look like they're going to hurt themselves any second.

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There's more than one group of Street Angels

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out on the strip tonight, including a team led by Gary Napier.

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So, what you'll probably see is people passed out, asleep,

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but you'll see them sitting on the pavement, just gone.

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If we don't wake them up soon enough, they'll probably

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find that their wallet's been stolen, their phone.

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-You lost your passport?

-Yes.

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Lost my passport, all my money, everything I own.

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The map, right, I'm not being funny, but the map...

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This isn't even a map, it's basically a drawing...

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I think it's being where people are out,

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being prepared to help in their need.

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We're not there to ram the Bible down people's throats.

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The only reason why we're doing this is because of our faith,

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and our faith's in Jesus Christ.

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-I didn't have a clue where I was going at all.

-I could tell.

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Thank you so much.

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I'm discovering that the Street Angels provide help

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in unexpected ways, like providing flip-flops for sore feet.

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-I've got bunions.

-Are these dancing injuries?

-Yes, I'm a dancer.

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-Right, so that's why.

-My feet hurt.

-Here we go.

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New out of the packet for you!

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I've got Havianas! You're an actual diamond.

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-What's your name?

-Emily.

-Nice to meet you.

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It's lovely to meet you, give us a hug.

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Enjoy your night.

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What also surprises me is how many people are aware of the

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Street Angels, and appreciate what they do.

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-Are you the Angels of Magaluf?

-Yes.

-God bless you. God bless you all.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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Everything you do is much appreciated, because one day,

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I will probably need you, you know what I mean?

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-Well, hopefully not tonight.

-I'm 18 today, like.

-Happy birthday!

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Happy birthday!

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-Are you OK?

-Yes.

-All right, cool.

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There's nothing wrong with saying, "Excuse me, are you OK?"

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If they say, "Yes, I'm fine," they're fine.

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-But if they're not, then it'll be pretty obvious.

-Is he...?

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-Is he your friend?

-Is he all right, guys?

-You're looking after him?

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Cool.

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This man is unable to stand,

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and isn't responding to his friends' efforts to help him.

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-She didn't want any help, that one.

-Steffi offers some practical advice.

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Hold him like this, and here, and then you have his whole weight here.

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Then you can hold him there, yes?

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-That's it.

-OK?

-Yes, that's good.

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That friend was really lucky because he had good friends sticking around,

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and we pray that friends won't leave friends,

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and it's been lovely to see.

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Quite frankly, he just needs to sleep, because it just takes time.

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But sometimes, people find themselves completely alone,

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disorientated and lost.

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-When you woke up they were gone?

-Well, I was fast asleep.

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When we saw him, he was just staggering,

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so we clearly could tell that he was lost.

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Yeah, it's down there.

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It's very easy for people to say, "Well, they've done it to themselves,

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"they've got drunk, why are you bothering?"

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But Jesus bothers with everyone, there's no distinction with him.

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We're all his children, and he cares for every one of us.

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And he says he goes out to look for his lost sheep

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and he doesn't go home until he brings them home.

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-Guys, we survived the night. The sun is up. What time is it?

-It's 6:15.

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6:15. I feel quite awake for 6:15.

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It was a good night, wasn't it?

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It was good, it was good.

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We are needed here, as you can probably guess.

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You really are needed, and I've got to say,

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this hi-vis jacket made all the difference.

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Just going up to someone.

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Yes, it's pretty much like putting on the armour of God,

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wearing these jackets.

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What do we do, what do we do? What's the thing?

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-Let's just hug. Yeah!

-Group hug!

-Yeah!

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That's it from the island of Majorca.

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It's been fascinating to see the contrast in life here.

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Whether it's a sanctuary in the mountains,

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or the Street Angels doing their work,

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faith is at its heart.

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Next week, David climbs aboard the famous Settle to Carlisle line.

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But we end today with a classic hymn from husband and wife duo

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Keith and Kristyn Getty.

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Connie Fisher joins the Street Angels of Magaluf as they patrol the Spanish party town, offering aid and advice to dusk-to-dawn revellers.

Music:

Shine, Jesus, Shine from Sohail Castle, Fuengirola Living Waterfall by CJ Edwards & Band Ave Maria by The Priests Rejoice, The Lord Is King from St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans This Is Amazing Grace from City Gates, Ilford I Am Thine, O Lord from St. James The Greater, Leicester Facing A Task Unfinished from Orangefield Presbyterian Church, Belfast.


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