Local councillor remembers fallen comrades

John Greenwell
John Greenwell

Coldstream’s Armed Forces parade was particularly poignant for Mid Berwickshire Councillor John Greenwell, himself a former service man and now Scottish Borders Council’s Armed Forces and Veterans Champion.

Councillor Greenwell, who lives in the town and served with the 10th Royal Hussars, Royal Hussars and King’s Royal Hussars from the 1960s-90s, said he was proud that so many came out to support the event.

He told ‘The Berwickshire’: ”As we approach Armed Forces day I always think back to comrades I served with in different areas of conflict during my service years .

“Places like Aden, Northern Ireland, Iraq and other areas throughout the world comrades that are no longer with us to see first hand how our governments in Westminister, Edinburgh and local government have embraced the Armed Forces Covenant and show their appreciation of the sacrifices made by our troops not only in conflicts happening now but also in years gone by.

“I am sure that they would be as proud as I am to see how everyone honours their hard work and ultimate sacrifice.

“As the Armed Forces and Veterans Champion at Scottish Borders council I was delighted to take part in the Coldstream Parade of Colours to mark the start of Armed Forces week my heartfelt thanks go to all involved in organising a very enjoyable day, I am also looking forward to attending events in Kelso and Duns on Friday and Sunday I would urge all ex-servicemen/women to seek out where these events are taking place and go along.”

John Lamont MSP added: “It is impossible to overestimate the sacrifice that our servicemen and all of our veterans have made.”