We were very happy to attend the wedding of Sam and Olivia in Glasgow. This was a wonderful day – a great wedding at Hyndland Church and then at the reception venue in the city centre of Glasgow.
Here is a photo of the happy couple just as the speeches got underway.
We were heading of on holiday so decided to stay in our caravan at a campsite near by with the intention of getting an early start the following day to travel to our holiday destination.
We headed down to Glasgow in the morning and decided to park the care somewhere in the city centre which was close to the reception venue. We selected the St Enoch centre which according to its web site is a 24hour and has won awards for having good security procedures etc. So the car would be safe in our absence which was to be most of the day.
Late in the evening after the dance part of the reception was well underway we decided to head back to the car to return to our car for the journey back to the camp site. We spoke about the events of the day and all the lovely people that we had met – it was a very pleasurable time for sure!!!!
After a short walk we ended up back at St Enochs Centre to find that the front door was locked!!!!! And the side door too was locked!!!!!!
You can imagine the conversation at this point! The place seems to be deserted – no sign of security guard all doors securely shut!!! We decided to walk around the building – there was sure to be a way in but no – all access ways were securely locked and not a soul in sight !!!! We went all the way around to the carpark entrance which was now securely shut with a heavy metal gate across it!!!! No way in there!!!!
We started to make a contingency plan……
Perhaps we could just book a room in a nearby hotel and spend the night there – imagine getting up in the morning to go down for breakfast dressed in the only cloths we has with us kilt and formal evening dress!!!!!!!!! Or perhaps we could phone our daughter who was in Glasgow and ask her for a lift – then come back for our car in the morning – remember we are towing a caravan and we need the car to tow it!!!!
There was no-one around to ask but we decided to try the intercom at the entrance barrier. I after getting to the entrance barrier I pressed the button hopefully!!!! Beep Beep, Beep Beep, Beep Beep….. and then a voice said – “Hello how can I help you” there was a security guard on night duty!! I explained our predicament – picture this if you can me in my kilt and Mary dressed up to the 10’s!!!! Not usual attire for and evening on the town!!!!!
Imagine me getting back to there Mary was and having to climb a metal fence – dressed in a kilt!!!! It has its funny side on reflection!
So to cut a long story shot it seems that there is a contingency plan for people who get their cars locked into the carpark at night – this mush have happened before!!! it seems that closing time is 8pm!!!!! It is NOT 24 hour as we had understood…..
These are the staff entrance doors where there is another intercom where I was again able to talk our friendly night shift guard!!!! He opened the door and we were able to get into the building.
We were confronted with a steep stairs which we climbed to find ourselves inside a deserted Shopping centre. We were able to access a pay station station to get our pass out authorised
We eventually navigated our way around the building till we found our car which was on the 5th floor.
The moral of this story is don’t believe what you read on every web site!!! Get the facts corroborated by talking to a real person.
I was very impressed with the help-fullness of the security guard we spoke to – thankfully were were able to retrieve our car and get back to the camp site for a good night sleep before carrying on south to continue our holiday.
So an interesting ending to a super day celebrating the wedding of Olivia and Sam – thanks to them for the invitation – it was amazing catching up with family members we has not see for some long time – 10s or years in some cases !!!! A very happy day with an unexpected ending!!!!
I wonder if anyone else at the wedding might have fallen foul of the same situation as we did!!! I hope not 😉