The 2015 Coldstreamer, James Balmbro, is now ready to take the reins as the 63rd man given the honour of representing the town.
Accompanied by his Right and Left Hand Men Jamie Nicholson and Colin Leifer, James will be the town’s official representative at common ridings and festivals across the Borders, starting with the Berwick Riding of the Bounds on May 1, before leading Coldstream Civic Week celebrations at the beginning of August which includes leading the 300+ cavalcade of horses and riders to Flodden for the annual pilgrimage to pay homage to the dead of both nations at the Battle of Flodden.
At the traditional installation ceremony held in Coldstream’s Henderson Park on Friday, the official changing of the guard took place watched by a large crowd and a good turn-out of Ex-Coldstreamers and principals from other towns.
Last year’s Left Hand Man, Grant Campbell, having completed his three-year term as part of the principal’s party and stepped down, joining the ranks of the Ex-Coldstreamers. His post as Left Hand Man was taken by the 2014 Coldstream Colin Leifer, and Coldstreamer-in-training Jamie Nicholson was introduced as Right Hand Man.
But it was all eyes on James as he received the Coldstreamer’s sash from chairman of Presenting Coldstream, Iain Dickson, Coldstreamer in 1987. In introducing the three principals Iain pointed out that all three run their own local businesses, a unique occurrence for the Coldstream party.
After being installed James said that it was an honour and a privilege for him, having taken part in Civic Week for as long as he could remember. It had been a lifelong ambition of his to follow in the footsteps of all the Coldstreamers who had gone before and he promised to grasp the opportunity he had been given with both hands and would endeavour to do his family, friends, the Ex-Coldstreamers and the town proud.
His father Derek added:“It was an extremely proud moment to see my son installed as Coldstreamer 30 years after I was afforded the same honour. I always hoped that some day James would have the opportunity to become Coldstreamer and represent this great town of ours throughout the Borders, and that wish has been granted.
“The summer starts here for us!”