Full programme of events for Parade of Colours at Coldstream

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Parade of Colours is back for a second year and will be making its way through the home of the Coldstream Guards on Saturday, June 18 to allow Borderers to celebrate and show their support for the Armed Forces.

Last year’s events managed to raise an amazing £800 for Honour Our Troops, and this year there is a full programme of activities over the whole weekend, when the organisers hope to raise even more.

The weekend kicks off at 8pm on Friday, June 17, at the Eildon, Coldstream, with a Supper Dance where you can enjoy music from Frankie and The Farehunters, a local sing-a-long band, playing music from the 60’s to the present day. Tickets are £5 and can be booked by calling Keith on 07774756351.

On Saturday, June 18, start the day off with a breakfast roll and coffee as you make your way to the parade line up which will start promptly at 12 noon. On the parade route there will be a remembrance observation, speeches at Henderson Park and a march past the Lord Lieutenant for Berwickshire, Major Alexander Trotter.

The Coldstream Pipe Band, who are in their 80th anniversary year, will lead the parade.

Joining the march this year is Mr Darren Heaton. He will be coming to Coldstream via his sponsored wheelchair challenge from Shetland to the Scilly Isles in aid of the Colonel’s Fund – the Grenadier and Scots Guards. Darren is a permanent wheelchair user since an accident in 2003, his charity efforts are one of the recipients of this year’s collections and fund raising.

After the Parade of Colours, there will then be a chance for everyone to enjoy themselves at the family fun day from 1-4pm, where there will be a BBQ and bar, tombola, games like ‘Shoot the Goalie’, photographic display in the Eildon and static displays from Royal Regiment of Scotland RRT, RBLS Riders Branch, Police, Border Search and Rescue Unit and community groups to keep you entertained throughout the afternoon.

In the evening there will be a dance at the Roger Hall, Coldstream, to help raise money for next year’s Parade Of Colours. You will be able to enjoy the tones of Frankie and The Farehunters as you dance the night away. The evening starts at 8pm and finishes at midnight, all for just £3 (tickets on the door).

Then on Sunday, June 19, there will be a chance for you to nurse your hangover and say farewell for another year with Breakfast on the Green, served from 8.30-10am.

Who are the proceeds going to? The proceeds from the Parade of Colours 2011 will be given to: Honour Our Troops, Royal Regiment of Scotland, Coldstream Guards and Bertie Bear’s Challenge.

Help is still needed and Parade of Colours 2011 and Bertie Bears Long Way Down Challenge would welcome any assistance, no matter how small, to help with the weekend’s planned events.

Also, Darren Heaton is seeking a support vehicle to cover stages of his sponsored wheelchair challenge, accommodation, and perhaps a meal as he treks south from Shetland to the Scilly Isles.