Coldstreamer follows dad’s footsteps

Proud Father James Bell, Chairman of Presenting Coldstream installs son Steven as Coldstreamer 2011, Steven follows in his father's footsteps who was Colstreamer in 1976
Proud Father James Bell, Chairman of Presenting Coldstream installs son Steven as Coldstreamer 2011, Steven follows in his father's footsteps who was Colstreamer in 1976

THe Presenting Coldstream committee couldn’t have hoped for better weather last Friday for the installation of this year’s Coldstreamer.

A sizeable crowd gathered in Henderson Park to see Steven Bell sashed as the man tasked with leading Coldstream Civic Week as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Having served as right hand man alongside last year’s Coldstreamer, Ricky Hope, Steven already knows the importance of the role he now holds and it was left to his father, James, himself a former Coldstreamer and the new chair of Presenting Coldstream, to welcome him into the park for his big moment.

Steven was born in Coldstream Cottage Hospital and his late Mum Susan, herself a stalwart of Presenting Coldstream, would no doubt have been extremely proud of him for becoming Coldstreamer.

Bestowing the duties of on Steven, who has chosen silver and green as the colours for his rosette, James said: “The fact that I am Chairman does not detract from my own feelings of pride as his Dad and also as an Ex Coldstreamer.

“The sash you shall wear throughout the summer bares the emblem of this town. In wearing this sash, you will be not only wearing the Town’s Coat of Arms, but you will be representing all the people who have made this old Burgh their home. Wear it with passion, wear it with pride, and wear it with the honour it deserves.”

As left hand man, 2011 will be solicitor Ricky’s last year in office.

Coming into the fold as the new right hand man is Liam Wallis, son of Valerie and Henry Wallis of Duns Road. Liam is a stonemason by trade and also a very keen footballer.

He has travelled a bit and it was whilst in Australia that he had his first go on a horse- an animal he will become very well acquainted with over the next three summers.