Coldstream honours our troops

The Standards are lowered in remembrance at Henderson Park during Coldstream's Parade of Colours
The Standards are lowered in remembrance at Henderson Park during Coldstream's Parade of Colours
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Youth organisations took the lead at Coldstream’s fourth Parade of Colours event, remembering the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1.

Explaining why the Army Cadets, Scouts, Brownies and Guides took such a prominent role in this year’s event, organiser Keith Cockburn said: “The youth of our country are the future of remembrance. In the 100 years since the commencement of WW1, and subsequent conflicts,it is our job to make sure our young know why we should be grateful to those who have given us our freedom - our armed forces personnel.”

Councillor John Greenwell, SBC’s veterans champion, added: “To take part in Coldstreams parade of colours was indeed a great honour and privilege and huge well done to the organisers is due.

“The people of Coldstream turned out to witness the towns commitment to our armed forces and to remember those no longer with us. I was especially pleased to see members of the Scouts, Brownies and Guides on parade because they will be the ones to continue our act of remembrance into the future.

“Next year’s parade has a hard act to follow.”

Also in a attendance was newly appointed Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire Jeanna Swan, who presented veteran Jim Lauder with his Paratroopers red beret.

Kelso Pipe Band led the parade of 26 colours and standards along Coldstream High Street and into Henderson Park where short service of remembrance was held. Bringing up the rear was the now familiar sight of members of four service veteran motorcycle clubs.

Among others who regularly attend the event are Kim and Michael Sweeney, whose 19 year old son Michael died in Afghanistan in 2010 while serving as a Guardsman with Coldstream Guards.

The parade paused along the High Street where 1016 Sqn ATC Berwick Squadron, Flodden BP Scouts and Berwickshire Guides and Brownies gave recitings at the war memorial.

Coldstream’s Parade of Colours raised money for the Combat Stress charity and £200 was given by organisers to Kelso’s Gallipoli Memorial to be unveiled in 2015 - remembering July 12, 1915, when 42 men from the town were killed in the Dardanelles.

Organiser Mr Cockburn concluded: “The general feedback was that it was an exceptional Parade.”