On cloud nine and still rising - is how 2016 Coldstreamer Jamie Nicolson described how he was feeling when presented with the burgh sash and standard at the start of Coldstream Civic Week.
Chairman of the Presenting Coldstream committee Iain Dickson welcomed everyone to Henderson Park on Sunday, where a large crowd was gathered for the opening ceremony. On parade were 39 ex-Coldstreamers and 12 Coldstream Guards, Brownies, Rainbows, Guides, Boys Brigade and Scouts from Coldstream’s twin town Bennecourt in France who had travelled over with a group of people from the town to join in Civic Week celebrations.
Paying tribute to ex-Coldstreamer Martin Lees, who died recently, Iain Dickson said: “He absolutely loved Civic Week. When he was chairman he had foresight that Civic Week needed to be run like a business and laid the foundations for what we have today.”
Before Jamie was officially sashed with the burgh standard the 1966 Coldstreamer Isaac Ford was presented with a golden jubilee medal.
Accepting it, Isaac replied: “It gives me great honour to accept the gold medal - it has been a long time coming! This is my Olympic gold and I would rather be in Coldstream this week than Rio. I still have fire in my belly and warmth in my heart for Coldstream Civic Week.
“I would like to thank by family for supporting me over all those years - it should be my wife Jan who is receiving this medal.
“I would like to think I have laid good foundations for Civic Week.”
Speaking to the 2016 Coldstreamer, Isaac added: “Jamie, come Saturday don’t think of it coming to an end, this is only the beginning of a lifetime of supporting the Streamer.”
Then it was the turn of the silver jubilee Coldstreamer Neil Drummond to present Jamie with the burgh sash and standard.
Neil has been back in the saddle this year reliving his time as Coldstreamer and he told Jamie: “I can’t believe 25 years has passed, I made so many friends that year and have memories that will last a lifetime, and can’t believe it’s the same year Jamie was born.
“It will probably be the quickest week of your life.”
Jamie said: “I’m on cloud nine and I’m still rising.
“I have had the most amazing summer supporting our fellow principals and their common ridings and waiting for our week to come round.
“I would like to thank the Ex-Coldstreamers Club for electing me and allowing me to live my dream.
“I am absolutely buzzing to get my hands on the burgh standard and sash and resprsent the first true Border toun.”
He went on to thank his mother for her support adding: “Mum, I hope I do you proud. I hope you have an awesome stress free week!”
As the ceremony drew to a close a special presentation was made to Gill and Stuart Clark who have recently sold their newsagents shop which they ran for 14 years. Chairman Iain Dickson explained that they had been great supporters of Coldstream Civic Week during that time.
A full programme of events has been taking place during the week, Flodden Day, Thursday, being the biggest day of the week.
Over 300 horses and riders will follow Jamie and his left and right hand men James Balmbro and Andrew Guthrie out of the town and across Coldstream Bridge to Flodden Field, to remember the 1513 Battle of Flodden and the dead of both England and Scotland who fell there. The traditional oration on Branxton Hill will be given by Lord Joicey, director of Ford and Etal Estates.