Centenary march for Coldstream Guards Association

The Coldstream Guards during their Freedom March in the town.
The Coldstream Guards during their Freedom March in the town.

Coldstream Guards Association is holding a memorial service and march through Coldstream on Friday, August 9, to mark its centenary.

The 45th anniversary of the Coldstream Guards receiving the Freedom of Coldstream in 1968 will also be remembered at the service in Henderson Park at 11am.

A wreath is to be laid in Henderson Park by Colonel DDSA Vandeleur, the recently appointed Regimental Adjutant at Regimental Headquarters, who will also take the salute at the war memorial with Coldstream branch president the Marquess of Donegall.

After the service in Henderson Park the ex-Coldstream Guards will march along the High Street at 12 noon, going along Duke Street and back onto the High Street, falling out at the Royal British Legion Scotland Coldstream Branch.

The Coldstream Guards Association, formed in 1913, is made up of 36 branches of ex-servicemen - the most recent to achieve full branch status is the one based in Coldstream itself, led by Tommy Hermiston.

The association’s objectives are to: maintain an organisation whereby the principle of “Once a Coldstreamer always a Coldstreamer” be sustained; bring to the notice of the regimental headquarters any case deserving of assistance from regimental funds; assist members who are leaving or who have left the Regiment to obtain employment; obtain recruits for the regiment; and organise meetings of members of each branch, including its annual dinner, memorial parade and social events.

Other centenary celebrations for the Coldstream Guards Association have included a garden party which was held at Victoria Barracks, Windsor, in May.