Parade of Colours in Coldstream

Pipes and drums lead the Parade of Colours
Pipes and drums lead the Parade of Colours

Coldstream’s Parade of Colours proudly marched along the town’s High Street past the war memorial and on to Home Park for a short ceremony at the weekend.

The annual event is now in its seventh year of recognising our armed forces personnel, past, present and future. The parade salute was taken by Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire Jeanna Swan and Mr Richard Swan, and those marching included Northumberland Church of England Academy Combined Cadet Force and Pipes & Drums, youngsters from 1016 Sqn Berwick ATC and Berwickshire High School, representatives from a number of organisations in Coldstream and several Royal British Legion branches, standard bearers from Hawick, Jedburgh, Berwick, Ashington, Amble, Galashiels and Duns, plus Coldstreamer Jamie Nicolson carrying the burgh standard.

Coldstream's Parade of Colours

Coldstream's Parade of Colours

Senior parade marshal for the fourth year was Bill Heaney who was also the recipient of Coldstream Parade of Colours Award.

A feature of the Coldstream parade in recent years has been the presence of military bike clubs and this year six organisations brought up the rear of the parade on their motor bikes - War Torn Troops Remembered MCC, Men of War MCC, Armed Forces Bikers, Royal British Legion Scotland Riders Branch, and RBL Riders Branch NE England and Police Scotland Motorcycle Unit.

Organiser Keith Cockburn indicated that this year’s event could possibly be the last “due to health reasons”.

He added, however: “Our friends, who are rather persuasive, told us we couldn’t give up in what is a military town where much of our United Kingdom’s history was created.

Taking the salue in Henderson Park

Taking the salue in Henderson Park

“Indeed the restoration of our monarchy started here on January 1, 1650 when Monk marched his Coldstream Guards to London.

“So the 2017 Parade of Colours will indeed go ahead once more, very much low key, but equally expected by all our friends who join us.

“We Will Remember Them once more on June 17, 2017.

Coldstream's Parade of Colours sets off along the High Street

Coldstream's Parade of Colours sets off along the High Street