The happiest day of his life turned to tragedy for one groom after his mother was killed in a car crash on the way home from his wedding.
Martin Colquhoun had tied the knot only hours earlier to the love of his life Michelle.
But his joy was shattered in seconds when he learned his mum Mary Baird had died when her taxi was hit by a car fleeing police.
The newlywed woke up the morning after his big day only to find out about the tragedy in a text message from his uncle, the Daily Record reported.
Martin said: “In the space of five seconds everything was torn apart. The news was devastating and so surreal. It was hard to believe at first.
“I had been high as a kite from getting married the night before. I went to being almost unable to comprehend what had happened.”
Wife Michelle, 36, added: “We have wedding cards in our home with sympathy cards next to them. We are all devastated.”
Biscuit factory worker Mary, 57, who was known as Marie, died when the taxi taking her home to Easterhouse, Glasgow, from the wedding in Cumnock, Ayrshire, was hit by a car being chased by police.
The crash happened in Glasgow’s east end in the early hours of Sunday.
Husband Jamie, 52, was in the taxi alongside his wife and was in a serious condition in hospital last night.
Martin, 40, revealed last night how he learned the news after waking up with his new bride at Lochside House Hotel in Cumnock.
He said: “We had a wonderful day on Saturday and it was great to see everyone.
“At around 8am on Sunday morning, we noticed we had loads of missed calls from family members but didn’t think much of it.
“My wife was then messaged on Facebook and told we had to phone home because something had happened.
“I spoke to my Uncle Robert, my mum’s brother, and he told me.
“Our guests who had been staying at the hotel overnight couldn’t believe the news, and the atmosphere just went from one extreme to the other.”
Paying tribute to his mum, who he gave away when she married Jamie six years ago, Martin added: “She was a really nice woman, and had loads of friends and family who will miss her a lot.
“My mum just got on with everyone, and didn’t have a bad word to say about anybody.
“She was always the peacemaker, and was genuinely loved by all.
“Jamie is still in hospital just now but I would like to say to him that our thoughts are with him. He is serious but stable, but you can see it in his face that he is devastated.
“He has lost his wife who was everything to him. They did everything together. Whenever I called my mum, she was always out and about with him or telling me about the trips they were planning.
“Jamie has to go back to the home he shared with my mum when he gets out of hospital but he is still part of our family, and always will be. We will always be there for him.”
Speaking about the crash itself, Martin said: “How it happened is irrelevant just now but the police are doing their job, and that is the main thing.
“It is a tragic accident, and it’s happened. I am more focused on the fact I don’t have my mum here rather than how she isn’t here.”
Mary’s daughter Danielle Delaney, 34, was with the couple at their home in Stewarton, Ayrshire, yesterday.
She told friends on Facebook: “Am a wreck. In Martin’s and he’s got all his wedding cards up and ma mum’s is lying on the couch.”
Relatives and friends of Mary shared photos on Facebook of her smiling with wedding guests.
Her nephew Adam Allan wrote: “Woke up to tragic news this morning to hear that my wee auntie Marie died in a car crash. Life is far too short.
“You were a brilliant woman always had a big smile on your face. You were a strong woman the amount of pain you went through.
“No one deserves to go at a young age, still can’t believe it that this has actually happened. You are an angel and you will always be in my heart. Sleep tight, aunt Marie, love you loads.”
Louise Brawley Hoy added: “Such a tragic ending to a perfect day. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
Police yesterday confirmed that the black cab taking Mary and Jamie home was hit by a green Vauxhall Astra, which they had signalled to stop and pursued before the collision at 1.30am.
The 20-year-old driver of the car and his passenger, a 16-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened at the traffic lights at Stepps Road and Springboig Road.
The 50-year-old taxi driver suffered minor injuries.
A 20-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with traffic offences.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and have referred the incident to the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner due to the force’s involvement.