In a recent newsletter from the Friends of the Ayr Battalion, among other news, such as a BB Gold Scouting Badge selling for £691, they indicate their archive material is being given on long-term loan to the Sir William Smith Memorial Museum in the 1st Thurso Company’s Halls.
The building started life in 1769 and has undergone many changes. It was acquired by the BB in the 1950s and it has raised £50,000 for refurbishment of the buildings.
Now many ‘BB interested groups’ and badge collectors have visited to view the materials on display. Some have stayed at nearby Pennyland House, the founder’s birthplace, which is run as a B&B (almost appropriate!).
A few months ago I mentioned the late Captain of 1st Muiravonside Company, Alex Mitchell, who was well known and respected throughout BB and church circles. Always by his side was his loving, supportive wife Agnes, who sadly passed away just over a week ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family.
As battalion trophies get older they fill up with engraved histories of past winners and suffer a few knocks. Sometimes we are fortunate in receiving new trophies and such is the case this year for five-a-sides, two for senior and junior company section cup competitions received from Co-operative Funeral Care and two for the same age grouping leagues from Forth Ports and 1st Klass Barbers of Bainsford. Thanks indeed to these sponsors.