Royal seal of approval for D of E efforts

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The flags at Carronvale House, the Boys’ Brigade Training Centre and Scottish Headquarters, flew at half-mast as a sign of respect for all those cruelly shot whilst on holiday in Tunisia. With the deaths of Jim and Ann McQuire, the BB has lost two of its own, in the much respected Captain of the 5th Cumbernauld Company and his wife. Our prayers are with all touched by this tragedy.

On July 2, a sunny Carronvale provided an excellent backdrop to welcome HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. The occasion was to present a certificate reconfirming the BB as a licensed authority of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Prince Edward was met by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mr Allan French and a Guard of Honour made up of 20 boys from 1st Larbert (West Church), 2nd Larbert (Old Church), 5th Larbert (Baptist Church) and 2nd Polmont (Old Church).

The Prince spent time meeting young people involved in various BB activities; D of E work; some recent King George VI Officer Cadets and some BB World Record holders who recently achieved 55 hours of continuous 5-a-side football. He also heard of the current plans for the Carronvale (Improvement) Appeal. In the Sports Hall there were demonstrations of activities involving boys on their way to achieving the D of E Gold Awards. 2nd Bo’ness (St Andrews Church) and 3rd Falkirk (Peoples Church) represented the Battalion in this area. The Prince chatted to boys in the Guard of Honour, in the house and in the sports hall and made it a day to remember for them.

He spoke highly of the work delivered by the BB and the links between the BB and the D of E Award Scheme. He presented the Renewed Operating Licence, cut a cake prepared by the staff at Carronvale and paused for pictures with the BB Director for Scotland, Bill Stevenson and the Falkirk and District Boys from the Guard of Honour.