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Smith's daughter married on Iona
Sarah Smith leaves Iona Abbey with her new husband

Former Labour leader John Smith's eldest daughter Sarah has married at the same place her father is buried.

The 38-year-old news presenter tied the knot with charity worker and author Simon Conway at Iona Abbey.

Her father was buried on the island in Argyll 13 years ago after he died from two massive heart attacks, aged 55.

Guests at the wedding included Lord Robertson, former Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine and colleague Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

The ceremony was led by family friend the Reverend Douglas Alexander, the father of Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander and International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander.

The bride's sisters, Jane and Catherine, were the bridesmaids.

The atmosphere was wonderful and it has been a great few days
Malcolm Robertson
Family member

The Washington correspondent for Channel 4 News got engaged to Mr Conway, 40, in February.

Her brother-in-law, Malcolm Robertson, said: "It was a great ceremony and the bride and groom are very happy.

"The atmosphere was wonderful and it has been a great few days.

"The abbey is an amazing building and it was really the right place for the wedding.

"And John was in people's thoughts."

After the ceremony, the newlyweds were piped to Iona's village hall for the reception.

The bride was dressed in a slim and elegant cream dress, and carried a simple bouquet of white flowers.

'Special place'

Her mother, Elizabeth, makes an annual pilgrimage to the abbey in memory of her husband.

Speaking ahead of the wedding, the then Miss Smith said: "Iona is a very special place to me and my family.

"We're excited and looking forward to the wedding and a great West Highland party with all our friends and family."

She began her journalistic career in 1989 as a graduate trainee with BBC Scotland.


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