It was damp on May, 17 when 12 young men from 2nd Larbert (Old Church) left for Edinburgh before 8 a.m. to become part of the Guard of Honour to be presented to Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly and Her Majesty’s personal representative as he attended worship at St Giles Cathedral. They represented our Battalion and joined others from Edinburgh and Leith. The weather improved and Lord Hope took time to chat to many of the ‘guard’ as he inspected the ranks even as the bells of St Giles called everyone to worship.
The parade saw the pipes playing with the brass band from 1st Tulliallan, the current BB National Open Championship Winners. They later led the Mid Scottish Queensmen’s Parade to Larbert West Church on May, 31.
After their own service at St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church there was a march past and refreshments – then a pit stop at McDonalds on the way home. Another memorable day, particularly for the 18-year-olds, discharged as ‘boys’ at the annual Company Inspection.
As summer programmes beckon, there are two events I know local companies have enjoyed in the past. The Carronvale Calypso Picnic to mark the World Mission Fund appeal and the Juniors’ Giant Sleepover in the Glasgow Science Centre. The latter lets ‘young science enthusiasts’ from Junior Sections throughout the country get together, share experiences and have fun. Details from the HQ at Carronvale.
A recent issue of FAB (Friends of the Ayr Battalion) Newsletter showed their annual parade and presentation of Queen’s Badges. Interesting to see belts, haversacks and collar-dogs are not yet consigned to the archives! (“Roll over Crawford!”)
Has your company had its Parents’ Night yet? Let me know and I’ll share your successes, awards and memories, along with future plans.