On Sunday, June 15, Stirling & District Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade hosted the Mid Scottish Area Parade and Service for the presentation of Queen’s Badge Certificates to the BB recipients from an area extending from Angus, through Dundee and Perth to the more local companies from Stirling and Falkirk areas.
The parade assembled at Victoria Square, Stirling, in two units along with BB bands from Tulliallan and Dunblane.
The first unit from Stirling Battalion escorted the Queensmen in the second unit as they marched uphill towards the castle and their destination at The Church of the Holy Rude.
Perhaps understandably the bands sounded somewhat quieter at the top of that climb!
A number approaching 20 from Falkirk & District Battalion were amongst those present, along with officers, parents and friends, assembled to witness this important milestone occasion in their BB careers.
The service was led by the minister, Rev. Lynne Mack, who also dedicated new colours for the Stirling & District Battalion.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Stirling and Falkirk, Colin O’Brien, addressed the boys before presenting them with their certificates.
The offerings from the church service were sent to PLUS, a charity for disabled children.
The parade reassembled and marched (downhill) for a civic reception, hosted by Stirling Council at the Golden Lion Hotel, where opportunities were taken, to meet the guests and have photographs taken.
The official part of the day over, everyone enjoyed the fellowship and the food and hospitality offered by the Provost of Stirling.