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DUNBLANE BOYS' BRIGADE.

Another fine year of achievements Around 150 members of Dunblane Boys'Brigade came together to celebrate another great year of activities and achievements.

Parents, family members and friends joined them in Dunblane Centre as inspecting officer, MSP Alexander Stewart, battalion president for Stirling and District BB, was in attendance.

Among the awards were an impressive nine Queen's Badges - the highest honour in the Boys'Brigade - and 13 President's Badges.

Senior boys have also been working hard on Duke of Edinburgh Awards, with four boys completing bronze so far this year and 14 gold.

After a successful pilot scheme last year, this year the BB continued the JASS Award, which is a nationally recognised certificate run by Friends OFTHE Award and builds up the skills required for DOFE in later years.This year, 10 boys received the JASS Bronze Award, 12 silver and one gold.

The awards complement an extensive programme offered to the boys in all sections of the Boys'Brigade company in Dunblane throughout the year.

During the evening, boys from all sections showed off a range of games, sports, drama, music, marching and gymnastics as well as quiz for the audience that brought back memories of the OLDTV game show 'Runaround'.

The display also saw the retirement after 28 years' service as an officer - 12 as captain - of Paul Christmas and, after 10 years'service, of Colin Anderson, officer in charge of company section.

Generous tributes were paid to the volunteering given by both leaders and their hard work was easy to see with so many awards handed out to the boys.

Taking over as captain will be current officer-incharge of junior section, Fraser Boyd, whose own position will be filled by Ann Johnston.

The company is also pleased that Graeme McEwan will take over as officer-in-charge of company section and seniors.

Fraser said:"It was a fantastic evening of awards but also a fine tribute to Paul and Colin's dedication and commitment over the years. We're sad to see them go but grateful for everything they have given and for the support we're sure they will continue to show BB in their retirement."

Prizes were presented by Shiona Stewart, Mr Stewart's wife.The MSP said:"It was a great privilege to have attended the annual display. It was plain to see that the love of achievements, prizes and awards handed out represented a commendation of the sterling efforts of the volunteer leaders. I would like to congratulate everyone involved."

CAPTION(S):

Company section winners Scott Robertson, Robbie Malkin, Alex Christmas, Harry Tyler, Grant Lewis, James Carter, Finlay Currid, James Connery and Cameron Tully

Junior section winners Innes McAra, Alasdair Byrne, Daniel Cowie, Thomas Savaridas and Cullen McLuskey

Anchor Boys Alistair Lunan and Alexander Stewart MSP present prizes to Peter Lunan and Murray Fletcher

Gold Award Alexander Stewart presents the Company's first Gold JASS Award to Jamie Walsh

Badminton champs Louis Ross, Grant Lewis, Cameron Robertson and Harry Tyler

Bronze Awards Lewis Ure, Daniel Cowie, Innes McAra, Theo Brooks, Evan Henderson, Alasdair Byrne, Ruaridh Bottomley, Matthew Ford, Archie Crossley and Thomas Savaridas with coordinator Ann Johnston

President's Badge Patrick Scott, Ruari Fleming, Euan Campbell, Adam Pringle, Oliver Brooks, Grant Lewis, Archie Tyler, Ben Ward and Duncan Jack

Queen's Badge Lewis Scullion, Fraser McManus, Joshua Spencer, James Forrest, Sean Duff, Ciaran O'Hare, Shawn Cooper, Cameron Robertson and Thomas Galbraith
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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Jun 12, 2019
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