Could you help marshal local events?

The annual Parade of Colours at Coldstream is one event Honour Our Troops help marshal
The annual Parade of Colours at Coldstream is one event Honour Our Troops help marshal

The range of community events that Honour Our Troops (HOT) marshals are asked to help at is on the increase and more volunteers are needed for the roles.

Border festivals (torchlights, fancy dress parades, ride-outs etc) receive help from HOT volunteers as do sports (road races) and military parades. HOT work closely with each organisation and Police Scotland in the Borders.

“We are being asked to do more and more events ranging from two to 12 marshals required,” said HOT representative Annemarie McCall, from Coldstream.

“The number of events at the moment is roughly 12 per year, but this is increasing.”

Marshal requirements include: being over 18 years of age: able to complete a minimum of two marshalling events per year; being level headed; good at dealing with the public, police, traffic, participants and organisers; able to attend an interview and a one day training course.

It is unpaid volunteer work, but Honour Our Troops usually receive a donation from each event from the organisers which helps them to give grants.

All marshals are fully insured by Honour Our Troops. They will be mentored by senior and chief marshals and all equipment needed for the role will be provided.

“We are particularly looking for those who have previous experience of stewarding and/or marshaling, but it is not essential as training will be given,” said Annemarie.

“Typically an event is about two to three hours in length and at present most are in the Borders.”

For an application form please apply in the first instance to annjbjhot@gmail.com or phone 01890 883941 for more information.