Town hosts Armed Forces Day parade for fourth time

Colours are Paraded along Coldstream High Street led bythe Edinburgh Postal Pipe Band
Colours are Paraded along Coldstream High Street led bythe Edinburgh Postal Pipe Band

COLDSTREAM’S fourth Parade of Colours event marked the start of Armed Forces Week in the region.

Armed Forces Day across the UK started in 2009 and thanks to local organiser Keith Cockburn, Coldstream was there from the beginning, and he continues to be master of ceremonies and chief organiser of the event that has taken place in the town every year since.

Armed forces personnel both past and present joined with youth groups, such as the 1st Flodden Scouts, politicians, British Legion members from both sides of the border and representatives of a number of town organisations at the weekend to march from the Leet Bridge end of Coldstream High Street to Henderson Park where a short service took place beside the Coldstream Guards stone.

Leading the way was the Edinburgh Postal Pipe Band under Drum Major Mike Lindsay (Coldstream Pipe Band having had a previous engagement on the same day).

And bringing up the rear were the Royal British Legion Riders, with flags flying and motorcycles revving as they followed the parade.

This was not their first visit to Coldstream to take part in the parade and they are becoming something of a feature of the annual event.

As well as being a very visual support to the country’s armed forces the parade also raises funds for military charities, this year’s charities being the Veterans’ Charity and the Old Coldstream Corps of Drums.

Taking the salute at Henderson Park was Lt Col Mike Vernon, of the Coldstream Guards, who works at the Ministry of Defence in London.