Coldstream event will mark anniversary of WW1

Parade of colours in Coldstream.
Parade of colours in Coldstream.

Coldstream’s Armed Forces Day Parade of Colours will be held on the weekend of June 20-22 with the Parade of Colours being held on Saturday, June 21 at noon.

Once again this year’s event will be covering the length of Coldstream’s High Street - from Lees to Henderson Park - involving the Colours and Standards of several Royal British Legion Branches from both sides of the Border - regimental associations, youth organisations, community groups and the always popular bikers from the RBLS Riders Branch, War Torn Troops Remembered (WTTR) and the Men of War (FCMCC).

Organiser Keith Cockburn said: “This year we will especially be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. Members of various local youth organisations - BP Scouts, Army Cadets and Air Training Corps - will take a leading roll.

“The event will also be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Freedom of the Burgh of Coldstream to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

“Also we are still looking for Pipe Bands to lead the event and they would welcome any bands interested in participating to contactus at the following address: Keith Cockburn, Organiser, RBLS (Coldstream) AFD, Parade of Colours, 2 Priory Bank, Coldstream TD12 4EA, email or phone 01890 883031.

“Likewise, any youth organisations, veterans or regimental associations that would care to join the event, should feel free to again contact to get in touch with us and let us know their intentions to assist with catering on the day. A reception with finger buffet and refreshments is held directly after the Parade.”

The Parade of Colours is now in its fourth year and has grown steadily in numbers and popularity as a unique event for the area in commemorating and remembering our Armed Forces. It’s a social gathering for the participants and locals alike. This year’s events are raising funds for Combat Stress and the Army Benevolent Fund which is in itself appropriate as Lennel House was, during WW1, a leader in treatment of shell shock.

The organisers hope to welcome new faces and organisations to help remember and celebrate our Armed Forces.