Annual Black Watch El Alamein dinner

Picture showing the members of the Angus Branch of the Black Watch Association during the El Alamein  El Alamein 72nd Anniversary Dinner. The dinner was held at the Royal British Legion, Forfar on the 15th of November 2014. 'Back Row (L-R) Bob Mitchell, Private Shaun  Beats, Dave Ritchie, Willy Barr, Private Ryans Braes, Jim Penny, Jim Anderson Piper Ruaraidh Proctor'Front Row (L-R)  Corporal Luke Stott, RSM Patrick Marshall, Col Fred Beattie, Maj Ronnie Proctor, Maj McMicking, Tom Graham, Sergeant Duncan Blake

Picture showing the members of the Angus Branch of the Black Watch Association during the El Alamein El Alamein 72nd Anniversary Dinner. The dinner was held at the Royal British Legion, Forfar on the 15th of November 2014. 'Back Row (L-R) Bob Mitchell, Private Shaun Beats, Dave Ritchie, Willy Barr, Private Ryans Braes, Jim Penny, Jim Anderson Piper Ruaraidh Proctor'Front Row (L-R) Corporal Luke Stott, RSM Patrick Marshall, Col Fred Beattie, Maj Ronnie Proctor, Maj McMicking, Tom Graham, Sergeant Duncan Blake

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The Angus Branch of the Black Watch Association held its 72nd Anniversary El Alamein Dinner at the Forfar Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland on Saturday.

This was a special occasion for the branch as its piper Ruaraidh Proctor, grandson of branch chairman Major Ronnie Proctor, was carrying, for the first time, the Angus pipe banner which the branch recently purchased.

The Regimental Sergeant Major and four other members of the Black Watch Battalion, stationed at Fort George, attended the dinner as guests of honour.

RSM Marshall gave an insight into the Black Watch Battalion in training some 300 members of the Libyan army.

Branch secretary Tom McCluskey gave a talk on the involvement of the Black Watch at the First Battle of Ypres, which took place 100 years ago in November 1914.

Major Proctor conveyed Royal greetings from HRH the Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Royal Patron of the Black Watch Association, and informed the branch as to the background of the erection and unveiling of the memorial at Black Watch Corner at Polygon Wood which commemorates the first Battle of Ypres and the 50,000 men who served in The Black Watch during the Great War.

Lieutenant Colonel Fred Beattie wound up the evening by giving a vote of thanks to all those who made it such an enjoyable evening.

Pictured at the dinner are the top table guests of, back from left - Bob Mitchell, Private Shaun Beats, Dave Ritchie, Willy Barr, Private Ryans Braes, Jim Penny, Jim Anderson and Piper Ruaraidh Proctor and, front from left - Corporal Luke Stott, RSM Patrick Marshall, Colonel Fred Beattie, Major Ronnie Proctor, Major McMicking, Tom Graham and Sergeant Duncan Blake. (Photograph courtesy of Frank Proctor).